Average Bench: 59.1% (489th of 1264)

Based on 52,095 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206A7, 0000000000000000 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz
Poor: 48%Average: 59.1% Great: 65%
Gaming
Gaming 59%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 66%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 42%
Speed boat

Average average bench

The Intel Core i3-2120 averaged 40.8% 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 84Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 79.7Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3-2120 is just 16.9%. 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 206Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 204Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 52,095 samples)
Min Avg Max
69.1 Memory 84 92.1
57.6 1-Core 79.7 86.8
100 2-Core 139 166
63% 101 Pts
Min Avg Max
131 4-Core 200 223
148 8-Core 204 223
27.6% 202 Pts
Min Avg Max
148 64-Core 206 224
13.8% 206 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz
Memory 91.5
1-Core 82.7
2-Core 154
68% 109 Pts
4-Core 214
8-Core 210
29% 212 Pts
64-Core 215
14% 215 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 80.6
1-Core 85.7
2-Core 148
64% 105 Pts
4-Core 217
8-Core 220
30% 219 Pts
64-Core 203
14% 203 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 78.9
1-Core 77.3
2-Core 148
62% 102 Pts
4-Core 221
8-Core 222
30% 222 Pts
64-Core 218
15% 218 Pts
Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 75.7
1-Core 84.3
2-Core 140
62% 100 Pts
4-Core 195
8-Core 205
27% 200 Pts
64-Core 208
14% 208 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 72.3
1-Core 83.1
2-Core 134
59% 96.5 Pts
4-Core 211
8-Core 210
29% 210 Pts
64-Core 206
14% 206 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 2.75 GHz (avg)
Memory 84
1-Core 28.5
2-Core 65.2
42% 59.2 Pts
4-Core 122
8-Core 125
17% 124 Pts
64-Core 131
9% 131 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 60.8
1-Core 34.5
2-Core 59.4
35% 51.6 Pts
4-Core 80.4
8-Core 116
13% 98.2 Pts
64-Core 132
9% 132 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 26.6
1-Core 75.2
2-Core 111
40% 71 Pts
4-Core 146
8-Core 133
19% 140 Pts
64-Core 153
10% 153 Pts
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Typical Core i3-2120 Builds (Compare 2,349 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 6%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 57%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 6%
Tree trunk

Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 390

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 57% - Above average Total price: $278

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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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Terrible

2 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

19 days ago.

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


Good

2 months 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)


Good

7 months 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.


Poor

6 months ago.

The i3-2120 is a pretty old CPU at this point. It'll work if you need a computer to use. I think it will be a bit slower on Windows 8 or Windows 10 nowadays and if you are buying a used computer with this in it you can likely find an i5-2--- to i5-4--- series CPU for about the same price. Look for old office computers being sold as used computers, they can be cheaper.


Average

3 months 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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