Intel Core i3-2120: specs and benchmarks

Intel Core i3-2120

Summary

Intel started Core i3-2120 sales on February 2011 at a recommended price of $95. This is Sandy Bridge architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 2 cores and 4 threads, and is based on 32 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 3.30 GHz and a locked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is a FCLGA1155 processor with a TDP of 65 Watt. It supports DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333 memory.

It provides poor benchmark performance at 13.47 percent of a leader's which is Intel Core i9-9980XE.

General info

Of Core i3-2120 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
7.70
 
Type
Desktop
 
Achitecture codename
Sandy Bridge
 
Release date
February 2011
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$95
 
of 8685 (Xeon E5-4650L)
Price now
$150
 
of 8685 (Xeon E5-4650L)

Technical specs

Core i3-2120's quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i3-2120's performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.
Number of cores
2
 
Number of threads
4
 
Maximum frequency
3.3 GHz
 
of 5
L1 cache
64 KB (per core)
 
of 768
L2 cache
256 KB (per core)
 
of 16384
L3 cache
3072 KB (shared)
 
of 65536
Manufacturing process technology
32 nm
 
of 7
Die size
131 mm2
 
Maximum core temperature
69 °C
 
of 105
Transistor count
504 million
 
of 19200
64 bit support
+
 

Compatibility

Information on Core i3-2120 compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one.
Max number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
of 8
Socket
FCLGA1155
 
Power consumption (TDP)
65 Watt
 

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i3-2120. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
SSE4.1 / 4.2, AVX
 
vPro
-
 
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
Turbo Boost
-
 
Hyper-Threading
+
 
Idle States
+
 
Thermal Monitoring
+
 
Flex Memory Access
+
 
FDI
+
 
Fast Memory Access
+
 

Security technologies

Core i3-2120 technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
-
 
EDB
+
 
Identity Protection
+
 

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i3-2120 are enumerated here.
VT-d
-
 
VT-x
+
 
EPT
+
 

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i3-2120.
Supported memory types
DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333
 
Maximum memory size
32 GB
 
Max memory channels
2
 
Maximum memory bandwidth
21 GB / s
 

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPU integrated into Core i3-2120.
Integrated graphics
 
Graphics max frequency
1.1 GHz
 
Quick Sync
+
 
Clear Video HD
+
 
InTru 3D
+
 

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i3-2120's integrated GPU.
Number of displays supported
2
 
Wireless Display (WiDi) support
-
 

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of Core i3-2120's supported peripherals.
PCIe revision
2.0
 
Max number of PCIe lanes
16
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i3-2120. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

13.47

Passmark

3923

3DMark Fire Strike Physics

2650

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Core i3-2120. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
2.3 Mh/s
 
 

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Core i3-2120 is for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall Core i3-2120 performance compared to nearest competitors. All CPU types participate.

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i3-2120 from AMD is Phenom II X4 B97, which is slower by 1% and lower by 3 positions in our rating.

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