Average Bench: 58.6% (504th of 1276)

Based on 60,322 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206A7, 0000000000000000 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz
Poor: 46%Average: 58.6% Great: 65%
Gaming
Gaming 59%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 66%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 41%
Speed boat

Average average bench

The Intel Core i3-2120 averaged 41.4% 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 83.4Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 78.2Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3-2120 is just 18.7%. 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 203Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 202Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 60,322 samples)
Min Avg Max
65.9 Memory 83.4 92
51.3 1-Core 78.2 86.9
78 2-Core 136 166
62.1% 99.1 Pts
Min Avg Max
122 4-Core 197 223
137 8-Core 202 223
27.2% 200 Pts
Min Avg Max
141 64-Core 203 224
13.6% 203 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
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)
Memory 91.1
1-Core 86.6
2-Core 152
69% 110 Pts
4-Core 218
8-Core 218
30% 218 Pts
64-Core 219
15% 219 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.7
1-Core 86.4
2-Core 155
69% 111 Pts
4-Core 222
8-Core 206
30% 214 Pts
64-Core 222
15% 222 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz
Memory 89.3
1-Core 86.4
2-Core 151
68% 109 Pts
4-Core 218
8-Core 219
30% 219 Pts
64-Core 218
15% 218 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz
Memory 89.8
1-Core 86.5
2-Core 151
68% 109 Pts
4-Core 202
8-Core 190
27% 196 Pts
64-Core 205
14% 205 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz
Memory 81.7
1-Core 84.9
2-Core 148
64% 105 Pts
4-Core 217
8-Core 218
30% 217 Pts
64-Core 219
15% 219 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 78.5
1-Core 86.9
2-Core 173
67% 113 Pts
4-Core 223
8-Core 224
30% 223 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 75.5
1-Core 75.6
2-Core 130
58% 93.6 Pts
4-Core 176
8-Core 171
24% 174 Pts
64-Core 175
12% 175 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 77.1
1-Core 84.3
2-Core 89.2
56% 83.5 Pts
4-Core 130
8-Core 136
18% 133 Pts
64-Core 169
11% 169 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

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Typical Core i3-2120 Builds (Compare 3,395 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: 62% - Good 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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Excellent

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.


Average

3 months ago.

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


Excellent

2 months ago.

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


Good

13 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)


Good

11 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

10 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

7 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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