Average Bench: 50.7% (773rd of 1439)

Based on 77,810 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206A7, 0000000000000000 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz
Poor: 34%Average: 50.7% Great: 61%
Gaming
Gaming 51%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 57%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 36%
Jet ski

Average average bench

The Intel Core i3-2120 averaged 49.2% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Memory Latency 73.2Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed 69.2Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3-2120 is 26.8%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i3-2120 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Speed 175Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 174Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 77,810 samples)
Min Avg Max
44.9 Memory 73.2 90.7
36.3 1-Core 69.2 83.4
61.3 2-Core 119 147
53.6% 87.2 Pts
Min Avg Max
92.7 4-Core 164 203
109 8-Core 174 205
22.4% 169 Pts
Min Avg Max
105 64-Core 175 205
10.8% 175 Pts
User Benchmarks BenchNormalHeavyServer
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.1
1-Core 84.9
2-Core 162
68% 113 Pts
4-Core 208
8-Core 209
28% 208 Pts
64-Core 208
13% 208 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 89.3
1-Core 75.3
2-Core 125
61% 96.5 Pts
4-Core 207
8-Core 207
28% 207 Pts
64-Core 206
13% 206 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 89.2
1-Core 82.1
2-Core 128
63% 99.9 Pts
4-Core 202
8-Core 195
27% 198 Pts
64-Core 193
12% 193 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 86.8
1-Core 79
2-Core 150
64% 105 Pts
4-Core 208
8-Core 208
28% 208 Pts
64-Core 208
13% 208 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 77.1
1-Core 87.5
2-Core 168
64% 111 Pts
4-Core 211
8-Core 211
28% 211 Pts
64-Core 211
13% 211 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 76.1
1-Core 78.9
2-Core 149
60% 101 Pts
4-Core 193
8-Core 196
26% 194 Pts
64-Core 204
13% 204 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 73.3
1-Core 82.9
2-Core 156
61% 104 Pts
4-Core 204
8-Core 202
27% 203 Pts
64-Core 202
12% 202 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 68.8
1-Core 84.6
2-Core 153
59% 102 Pts
4-Core 205
8-Core 199
27% 202 Pts
64-Core 209
13% 209 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 73.1
1-Core 52.2
2-Core 103
48% 76.1 Pts
4-Core 148
8-Core 184
21% 166 Pts
64-Core 175
11% 175 Pts
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Gaming 7%
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Desktop
Desktop 51%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 7%
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Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 390

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 53% - Above average Total price: $198

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i3-2120 Processor (3M Cache, 3.30 GHz)
Code NameSandy Bridge
Launch DateQ1'11
Processor Numberi3-2120
# of Cores2
# of Threads4
Cache3 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.1/4.2, AVX
Embedded Options AvailableYes
Lithography32 nm
Recommended Price$113.00 - $120.00
Clock Speed3.3 GHz
Bus Speed5 GT/s DMI
Max TDP65 W

Graphics

Processor GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 2000
Graphics Base Frequency850 MHz
Wireless DisplayNo
# of Displays Supported2
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.1 GHz
Quick Sync VideoYes
InTru 3D TechYes
Clear Video HD TechYes
Intel InsiderYes
Flexible Display InterfaceYes

Memory

Max Memory Size32 GB
Memory TypesDDR3 1066/1333
Memory Channels2
Memory Bandwidth21 GB/s

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision2.0
Max # of PCI Express Lanes16

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsNo

Advanced Technologies

Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesYes
Turbo Boost TechNo
Hyper-Threading TechYes
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)No
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
vPro TechNo
Identity Protection TechYes
Fast Memory AccessYes
Flex Memory AccessYes

Package

Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedFCLGA1155

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechNo

 Comments

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16 months ago.

ridiculously slow, barely runs system with applications closed.


Good

1 month ago.

is more aster, may be is so old but is powerful


Poor

12 days ago.

Not a great choice of cpu... Overall i can say that its pretty good, but overpriced... its not even worth 50 dollars.


Excellent

2 months ago.

Even it's kinda an old cpu but it's acceptable it still can run alot of new games


Good

4 years ago.

It's good for office work and other general office tasks. My school has dozens of Dell Optiplexes with this processor within them. Paired with an SSD or 7200 RPM Hard Drive, it makes the machine the go-to choice for schools on a budget.


Excellent

2 years ago.

damn good cpu for budget school pc's or workstations, got an hp 3400mt paired with this cpu n ssd and paired with an gt 520 and it was damn smooth experience ever in my life.


Average

3 years ago.

It's ok for general use, but if you want to game with this, you'll see that it pretty much bottlenecks the average gpu, thus making this my "avoid this" example if you want nice fps.


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