Average Bench: 43.5% (445th of 1206)

Based on 40,438 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206A7, 0000000000000000 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz
Poor: 33%Average: 43.5% Great: 48%
Gaming
Gaming 43%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 49%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 21%
Surfboard

Below average average bench

The Intel Core i3-2120 averaged 56.5% 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 80.2Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 140Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3-2120 is just 15%. 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 Mixed Speed 207Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 207Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 40,438 samples)
Min Avg Max
57.4 1-Core 80.2 87
97 2-Core 140 169
52.9% 110 Pts
Min Avg Max
141 4-Core 204 223
154 8-Core 207 223
28% 205 Pts
Min Avg Max
156 64-Core 207 224
13.9% 207 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
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)
1-Core 89.8
2-Core 154
59% 122 Pts
4-Core 229
8-Core 230
31% 230 Pts
64-Core 234
16% 234 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 86.4
2-Core 161
59% 124 Pts
4-Core 222
8-Core 223
30% 222 Pts
64-Core 212
14% 212 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 86.7
2-Core 156
58% 121 Pts
4-Core 218
8-Core 220
30% 219 Pts
64-Core 220
15% 220 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 84.9
2-Core 150
56% 117 Pts
4-Core 213
8-Core 215
29% 214 Pts
64-Core 216
14% 216 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 83.6
2-Core 139
54% 111 Pts
4-Core 219
8-Core 219
30% 219 Pts
64-Core 216
14% 216 Pts
Socket 1155, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz
1-Core 79.1
2-Core 145
54% 112 Pts
4-Core 207
8-Core 206
28% 206 Pts
64-Core 217
15% 217 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 82.4
2-Core 134
53% 108 Pts
4-Core 202
8-Core 203
28% 202 Pts
64-Core 198
13% 198 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 73.8
2-Core 123
48% 98.5 Pts
4-Core 220
8-Core 219
30% 220 Pts
64-Core 222
15% 222 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

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 Prices

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Typical Core i3-2120 Builds (Compare 5,996 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 11%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 41%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 16%
Surfboard

Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 390

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 46% - Average Total price: $167

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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

17 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.


Good

5 months ago.

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


Excellent

22 days ago.

its a very good processor to buy in very low budget gaming. And also have hyperthreading and can perform well in ohter things too in budget.(with a good budget ddr5 gpu)


Poor

7 months 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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