Average Bench: 42.8% (451st of 1196)

Based on 38,348 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206A7, 0000000000000000 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz
Poor: 31%Average: 42.8% Great: 48%
Gaming
Gaming 43%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 48%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 21%
Surfboard

Below average average bench

The Intel Core i3-2120 averaged 57.2% 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 79.1Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 137Pts

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 206Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 204Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 38,348 samples)
Min Avg Max
54 1-Core 79.1 86.9
90.3 2-Core 137 167
52.1% 108 Pts
Min Avg Max
130 4-Core 200 223
144 8-Core 204 223
27.5% 202 Pts
Min Avg Max
154 64-Core 206 224
13.8% 206 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
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)
1-Core 87
2-Core 152
58% 119 Pts
4-Core 222
8-Core 219
30% 221 Pts
64-Core 222
15% 222 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz
1-Core 86.5
2-Core 154
58% 120 Pts
4-Core 222
8-Core 220
30% 221 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)
1-Core 86.8
2-Core 154
58% 120 Pts
4-Core 221
8-Core 222
30% 221 Pts
64-Core 221
15% 221 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz
1-Core 84.1
2-Core 155
57% 120 Pts
4-Core 221
8-Core 222
30% 221 Pts
64-Core 219
15% 219 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz
1-Core 85.7
2-Core 154
57% 120 Pts
4-Core 217
8-Core 217
30% 217 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)
1-Core 81.2
2-Core 131
52% 106 Pts
4-Core 217
8-Core 223
30% 220 Pts
64-Core 225
15% 225 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 81.7
2-Core 136
53% 109 Pts
4-Core 203
8-Core 208
28% 206 Pts
64-Core 206
14% 206 Pts
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Typical Core i3-2120 Builds (Compare 5,393 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 11%
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Desktop
Desktop 41%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 16%
Surfboard

Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 390

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 46% - Average Total price: $164

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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.

Nov 2019 - Business Computer Pros: Part of a prebuild Dell PC with 4GB of ram, it's basically been running 5years, 7days a week, 24hours a day non-stop. It handles heavy load business applications great, and multiple Chrome browser tabs just fine. It significantly outperforms the Core2Duo systems that have been in the same environment for the same time. Just a better bang for your $$$. Cons: Multitasking will bog it down. Newer Microsoft software like Office 360 and Outlook 360 run poorly for no clear reason.


Poor

1 month ago.

NO!


Poor

15 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

3 months ago.

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


Poor

4 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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