Average Bench: 58.3% (541st of 1316)

Based on 68,204 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206A7, 0000000000000000 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz
Poor: 48%Average: 58.3% Great: 65%
Gaming
Gaming 58%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 66%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 41%
Speed boat

Average average bench

The Intel Core i3-2120 averaged 41.7% 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 82.2Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 79.5Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3-2120 is just 16.8%. 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 205Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 203Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 68,204 samples)
Min Avg Max
67.2 Memory 82.2 91.9
55.8 1-Core 79.5 87
94.1 2-Core 139 166
62.5% 100 Pts
Min Avg Max
134 4-Core 201 223
143 8-Core 203 224
27.6% 202 Pts
Min Avg Max
148 64-Core 205 224
13.8% 205 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 90.7
1-Core 87
2-Core 164
70% 114 Pts
4-Core 222
8-Core 222
30% 222 Pts
64-Core 221
15% 221 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 88.2
1-Core 72.9
2-Core 145
64% 102 Pts
4-Core 216
8-Core 219
30% 218 Pts
64-Core 207
14% 207 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 86.8
1-Core 77.3
2-Core 126
62% 96.7 Pts
4-Core 221
8-Core 221
30% 221 Pts
64-Core 220
15% 220 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.7
1-Core 57.6
2-Core 107
54% 83.1 Pts
4-Core 218
8-Core 216
30% 217 Pts
64-Core 202
14% 202 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 83.1
1-Core 77.8
2-Core 125
61% 95.2 Pts
4-Core 218
8-Core 221
30% 219 Pts
64-Core 222
15% 222 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 78.8
1-Core 77
2-Core 131
60% 95.6 Pts
4-Core 178
8-Core 194
25% 186 Pts
64-Core 203
14% 203 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 71.4
1-Core 81.7
2-Core 137
59% 96.6 Pts
4-Core 221
8-Core 219
30% 220 Pts
64-Core 220
15% 220 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 69.9
1-Core 83.6
2-Core 131
58% 94.8 Pts
4-Core 156
8-Core 162
22% 159 Pts
64-Core 160
11% 160 Pts
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Typical Core i3-2120 Builds (Compare 4,870 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 5%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 56%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 5%
Tree trunk

Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 390

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 63% - Good Total price: $148

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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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2 days ago.

nice i wanna buy a kit with this onit


Poor

7 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.


Average

11 months ago.

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


Poor

3 months ago.

why my intel is 3.30ghz but this is 3.3 only think my cpu are great?


Poor

3 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

7 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

19 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.


Excellent

7 days 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

18 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

16 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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