Average Bench: 44.6% (432nd of 1158)

Based on 30,994 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206A7, 0000000000000000 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz
Poor: 34%Average: 44.6% Great: 49%
Gaming
Gaming 45%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 51%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 26%
Raft

Below average average bench

The Intel Core i3-2120 averaged 55.3% 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. Single Core Mixed Speed 79.6Pts
Single Core Integer Speed 78.9Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3-2120 is just 14.7%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i3-2120 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Multi Core Floating Point Speed 208Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 209Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 30,994 samples)
Min Avg Max
53.1 SC Int 78.9 86.6
57 SC Float 80 87.3
56.6 SC Mixed 79.6 86.9
63.6% 79.5 Pts
Min Avg Max
137 QC Int 195 215
146 QC Float 202 222
141 QC Mixed 202 223
45.3% 200 Pts
Min Avg Max
159 MC Int 201 216
169 MC Float 208 223
168 MC Mixed 209 224
30.9% 206 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
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)
SC Int 80.1
SC Float 74.6
SC Mixed 87.5
65% 80.7 Pts
QC Int 218
QC Float 230
QC Mixed 229
51% 226 Pts
MC Int 223
MC Float 228
MC Mixed 228
34% 226 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 86.2
SC Float 87.2
SC Mixed 86.7
69% 86.7 Pts
QC Int 213
QC Float 221
QC Mixed 222
50% 219 Pts
MC Int 216
MC Float 220
MC Mixed 222
33% 219 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 84.5
SC Float 84.9
SC Mixed 85.7
68% 85 Pts
QC Int 205
QC Float 216
QC Mixed 210
48% 210 Pts
MC Int 205
MC Float 207
MC Mixed 213
31% 208 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 85.7
SC Float 86.3
SC Mixed 77.5
66% 83.2 Pts
QC Int 213
QC Float 220
QC Mixed 222
50% 218 Pts
MC Int 214
MC Float 220
MC Mixed 225
33% 220 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 85.6
SC Float 77.2
SC Mixed 77.6
64% 80.1 Pts
QC Int 211
QC Float 213
QC Mixed 189
46% 204 Pts
MC Int 211
MC Float 217
MC Mixed 215
32% 214 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 81.4
SC Float 82.6
SC Mixed 68
62% 77.3 Pts
QC Int 185
QC Float 191
QC Mixed 193
43% 190 Pts
MC Int 186
MC Float 191
MC Mixed 185
28% 187 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 51.7
SC Float 49.3
SC Mixed 51.7
41% 50.9 Pts
QC Int 110
QC Float 115
QC Mixed 95.8
24% 107 Pts
MC Int 131
MC Float 138
MC Mixed 135
20% 135 Pts
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Typical Core i3-2120 Builds (Compare 3,915 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 12%
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Desktop
Desktop 42%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 17%
Surfboard

Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 390

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 63% - Good Total price: $170

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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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Poor

9 months ago.

Good for everyday use such as internet browsing but it's trash for gaming, GTA V, Battlefield 1 barely playable, even with gtx 960 4gb on low-med settings, 20-30 FPS in most cases, bottlenecks the gpu.


Excellent

1 day ago.

no loag


Poor

21 days ago.

The i3-2120 is a very old CPU at this point. Whilst capable of simple tasks like web browsing and videos the weight of ageing has hit it hard with newer software running more slowly. With only 2 cores it doesn't handle multitasking very well and is also an extremely poor choice for more modern gaming. Though if you're not doing anything but light usage it's okay for a cheap cheap price.


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