Average Bench: 58.5% (579th of 1358)

Based on 81,756 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206A7, 0000000000000000 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz
Poor: 46%Average: 58.5% Great: 66%
Gaming
Gaming 58%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 65%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 42%
Speed boat

Average average bench

The Intel Core i3-2120 averaged 41.5% 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. Memory Latency 81.1Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 79.7Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3-2120 is 20.1%. 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 214Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 212Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 81,756 samples)
Min Avg Max
63.5 Memory 81.1 91.9
53 1-Core 79.7 89.2
91.4 2-Core 141 171
62.3% 100 Pts
Min Avg Max
131 4-Core 209 236
146 8-Core 212 236
28.7% 211 Pts
Min Avg Max
147 64-Core 214 238
14.3% 214 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.1
1-Core 88.1
2-Core 158
69% 112 Pts
4-Core 228
8-Core 225
31% 226 Pts
64-Core 226
15% 226 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz
Memory 88.6
1-Core 88.5
2-Core 154
68% 110 Pts
4-Core 232
8-Core 229
32% 231 Pts
64-Core 231
16% 231 Pts
LGA1155 CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.8
1-Core 88.4
2-Core 159
70% 113 Pts
4-Core 208
8-Core 226
29% 217 Pts
64-Core 230
15% 230 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 89.4
1-Core 87.6
2-Core 162
69% 113 Pts
4-Core 230
8-Core 169
28% 199 Pts
64-Core 204
14% 204 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 88.3
1-Core 84.7
2-Core 140
66% 104 Pts
4-Core 193
8-Core 195
26% 194 Pts
64-Core 216
14% 216 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.7
1-Core 71
2-Core 102
57% 86 Pts
4-Core 198
8-Core 211
28% 204 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)
Memory 78.3
1-Core 88.9
2-Core 159
66% 109 Pts
4-Core 230
8-Core 229
32% 230 Pts
64-Core 231
16% 231 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 79.2
1-Core 79.9
2-Core 138
61% 98.9 Pts
4-Core 208
8-Core 199
28% 204 Pts
64-Core 184
12% 184 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 71.6
1-Core 83.9
2-Core 137
60% 97.6 Pts
4-Core 194
8-Core 226
28% 210 Pts
64-Core 213
14% 213 Pts
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Typical Core i3-2120 Builds (Compare 6,175 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 6%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 56%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 5%
Tree trunk

Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 390

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 71% - Very good Total price: $95

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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 (edit your comment) Add link

1 month ago.

ridiculously slow, barely runs system with applications closed.


Average

22 months ago.

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


Poor

14 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)


Poor

18 months ago.

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


Good

2 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

11 months 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.


Poor

2 years 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

2 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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