Average Bench: 44% (457th of 1173)

Based on 34,205 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206A7, 0000000000000000 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz
Poor: 31%Average: 44% Great: 49%
Gaming
Gaming 44%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 50%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 26%
Raft

Below average average bench

The Intel Core i3-2120 averaged 56.0% 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

Single Core Floating Point Speed 79.4Pts
Single Core Integer Speed 78.1Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3-2120 is just 17.4%. 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 205Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 205Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 34,205 samples)
Min Avg Max
49.8 SC Int 78.1 86.6
53.1 SC Float 79.4 87.3
49.4 SC Mixed 78.5 86.9
62.9% 78.7 Pts
Min Avg Max
114 QC Int 191 215
134 QC Float 199 222
136 QC Mixed 199 223
44.5% 196 Pts
Min Avg Max
145 MC Int 198 216
153 MC Float 205 223
148 MC Mixed 205 224
30.3% 202 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 86.6
SC Float 86.5
SC Mixed 86.1
69% 86.4 Pts
QC Int 215
QC Float 220
QC Mixed 224
50% 219 Pts
MC Int 210
MC Float 216
MC Mixed 222
32% 216 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 86.4
SC Float 86.2
SC Mixed 86.4
69% 86.3 Pts
QC Int 210
QC Float 222
QC Mixed 219
49% 217 Pts
MC Int 209
MC Float 218
MC Mixed 222
32% 216 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 72
SC Float 72
SC Mixed 84.7
61% 76.2 Pts
QC Int 212
QC Float 219
QC Mixed 219
49% 217 Pts
MC Int 211
MC Float 220
MC Mixed 219
32% 216 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 86
SC Float 86.8
SC Mixed 86.4
69% 86.4 Pts
QC Int 212
QC Float 220
QC Mixed 216
49% 216 Pts
MC Int 211
MC Float 217
MC Mixed 216
32% 215 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz
SC Int 77.2
SC Float 80
SC Mixed 86.2
65% 81.1 Pts
QC Int 212
QC Float 210
QC Mixed 215
48% 212 Pts
MC Int 210
MC Float 218
MC Mixed 217
32% 215 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz
SC Int 85.9
SC Float 83.1
SC Mixed 83.4
67% 84.1 Pts
QC Int 200
QC Float 220
QC Mixed 156
44% 192 Pts
MC Int 162
MC Float 205
MC Mixed 194
28% 187 Pts
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Gaming 12%
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Desktop
Desktop 42%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 17%
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Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 390

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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

11 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.


Poor

22 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, but you can almost definitely find something better for the same price.


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