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Core i3-2120


Performance
52.85k points

Description
The Core i3-2120 is a cpu manufactured by Intel that was released on February 2012. This model has 2 Sandy Bridge cores , runs at 3300 MHz as base frequency and has a a thermal design power of 65 W.

"Sandy Bridge codename was originally ""Gesher"". The development began in 2005 and four years later, the first Sandy Bridge CPU was presented. The most prominent features are Intel Turbo Boost 2.0, AES encryption and SHA-1 hashing acceleration, Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) 256-bit instruction set and the ability to have up to 8 physical cores or 16 logical cores through Hyper-Threading."

Specs
Official name
Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz
CPUID
206a7
Core
Sandy Bridge
Architecture
Base frecuency
3.3 GHz
Boost frecuency
3.3 GHz
Socket
LGA 1155
Cores/Threads
2/2
TDP
65 W
Cache L1 (d+i)
2x32+2x32 kB
Cache L2
2x256 kB
Cache L3
3072 kB
Release date
February 2012
Mean monothread perf.
24.27k points
Mean multithread perf.
52.85k points

Non-optimized benchmark
The benchmark in Mode 0 (FPU) measures cpu performance with non-optimized software. It uses the basic µinstructions from the i386 architecture with the i387 floating point unit. This mode is compatible with all CPUs so it's practical to compare very different CPUs
Monothread
Multithread
Test#1 (Integers)
2.7k
6.36k (x2.4)
Test#2 (FP)
7.4k
16.87k (x2.3)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
3.82k
9.4k (x2.5)
Test#1 (Memory)
2.99k
2.91k (x1.0)
TOTAL
16.91k
35.53k (x2.1)

SSE3 optimized benchmark
The benchmark in mode I (SSE) is optimized for the use of SIMD instructions with 128 bits register and the SSE set up to version 3. Nearly every modern CPU has support for this mode.
Monothread
Multithread
Test#1 (Integers)
9.82k
20.46k (x2.1)
Test#2 (FP)
7.9k
17.77k (x2.3)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
3.98k
10.03k (x2.5)
Test#1 (Memory)
2.95k
2.94k (x1.0)
TOTAL
24.64k
51.21k (x2.1)

AVX optimized benchmark
The benchmark in mode II (AVX) is optimized to used 256 bits registers beside the first version of the Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX). The first AVX compatible CPU was released in 2011.
Monothread
Multithread
Test#1 (Integers)
8.95k
20.26k (x2.3)
Test#2 (FP)
8.25k
19.54k (x2.4)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
3.99k
10.04k (x2.5)
Test#1 (Memory)
3.08k
3.01k (x1.0)
TOTAL
24.27k
52.85k (x2.2)

Computers where this CPU was tested
Model
Release date

RAM models tested along with this CPU
Model
Type
Frequency
Size
DDR3
1333 MHz
4 GB

Monothread performance graph
Monothread performance graphics gives the performance vs time. They are useful to measure the time it takes to the CPU to reach the maximum performance.

Usually, CPU's performance will be steady during these tests but if it has a slow frequency strategy, the first samples will show a lower score.


Test#1 (Integers) [% vs time]

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Test#2 (FP) [% vs time]

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Test#3 (Generic, ZIP) [% vs time]

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Test#1 (Memory) [% vs time]

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Multithread performance graph
Multithread graphs measure the performance against a heavy load during certain time.

If CPU's TDP doesn't limit the frequency and the machine is properly cooled, performance should remain steady vs time. Otherwise, the performance score will oscillate or decrease over time.


Test#1 (Integers) [% vs time]

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Test#2 (FP) [% vs time]

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Test#3 (Generic, ZIP) [% vs time]

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Test#1 (Memory) [% vs time]

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Similar CPUs to Core i3-2120
Core i3-2120 (This model)
 Mode FPU monothread  [16.91k points]
 Mode FPU multithread  [35.53k points]
 Mode AVX monothread  [24.27k points]
 Mode AVX multithread  [52.85k points]
 Mode FPU monothread  [16.86k points -0.27%]
 Mode FPU multithread  [34.15k points -3.89%]
 Mode AVX monothread  [24.13k points -0.60%]
 Mode AVX multithread  [50.23k points -4.95%]
 Mode FPU monothread  [17.02k points +0.67%]
 Mode FPU multithread  [42.02k points +18.26%]
 Mode AVX2 monothread  [40.37k points +66.33%]
 Mode AVX2 multithread  [74.89k points +41.72%]
 Mode FPU monothread  [16.35k points -3.30%]
 Mode FPU multithread  [31.86k points -10.34%]
 Mode AVX2 monothread  [27.62k points +13.81%]
 Mode AVX2 multithread  [58.51k points +10.71%]
 Mode FPU monothread  [18.78k points +11.07%]
 Mode FPU multithread  [58.95k points +65.88%]
 Mode AVX monothread  [25.49k points +5.02%]
 Mode AVX multithread  [84.36k points +59.63%]
 Mode FPU monothread  [24.37k points +44.15%]
 Mode FPU multithread  [51.09k points +43.78%]
 Mode AVX2 monothread  [46.25k points +90.54%]
 Mode AVX2 multithread  [97.52k points +84.53%]
 Mode AVX monothread  [25.86k points +6.56%]
 Mode AVX multithread  [54.86k points +3.80%]
 Mode FPU monothread  [16.08k points -4.87%]
 Mode FPU multithread  [44.85k points +26.21%]
 Mode SSE monothread  [23.94k points -1.37%]
 Mode SSE multithread  [68.97k points +30.52%]
 Mode FPU monothread  [29.09k points +72.04%]
 Mode FPU multithread  [59.51k points +67.47%]
 Mode AVX2 monothread  [48.16k points +98.43%]
 Mode AVX2 multithread  [97.27k points +84.07%]
 Mode FPU monothread  [17.33k points +2.51%]
 Mode FPU multithread  [31.05k points -12.61%]
 Mode SSE monothread  [25.87k points +6.59%]
 Mode SSE multithread  [42.39k points -19.78%]
 Mode FPU monothread  [21.84k points +29.20%]
 Mode FPU multithread  [42.62k points +19.93%]
 Mode AVX2 monothread  [42k points +73.03%]
 Mode AVX2 multithread  [90.89k points +71.99%]
          
FPU mode comparison

Monothread integers operations
Model
Score
Intel Core i3-2120
2.7k
This model
2.63k [-2.70%]
2.63k [-2.70%]

Multithread integers operations
Model
Score
6.81k [7.07%]
Intel Core i3-2120
6.36k
This model
6.34k [-0.33%]
6.28k [-1.23%]

Monothread floating point operations
Model
Score
7.84k [5.91%]
Intel Core i3-2120
7.4k
This model
7.38k [-0.34%]
7.2k [-2.76%]

Multithread floating point operations
Model
Score
17.96k [6.43%]
17.41k [3.20%]
17.17k [1.75%]
Intel Core i3-2120
16.87k
This model
16.15k [-4.30%]
15.72k [-6.83%]
15.47k [-8.33%]
15.37k [-8.91%]
14.79k [-12.37%]

Monothread generic test (Zip compression)
Model
Score
Intel Core i3-2120
3.82k
This model
3.78k [-0.99%]
3.71k [-2.90%]

Multithread generic test (Zip compression)
Model
Score
10.22k [8.77%]
9.7k [3.19%]
Intel Core i3-2120
9.4k
This model
9.31k [-0.97%]
9.28k [-1.29%]
8.98k [-4.45%]
8.94k [-4.85%]
8.9k [-5.34%]

Monothread memory performance
Model
Score
3.09k [3.55%]
Intel Core i3-2120
2.99k
This model
2.93k [-1.93%]
2.91k [-2.59%]

Multithread memory performance
Model
Score
3.02k [3.77%]
Intel Core i3-2120
2.91k
This model
2.83k [-2.63%]
2.77k [-4.55%]
2.68k [-7.72%]
2.65k [-8.69%]
2.54k [-12.61%]
          
SSE mode comparison

Monothread integers operations
Model
Score
10.08k [2.68%]
Intel Core i3-2120
9.82k
This model
9.67k [-1.50%]
9.65k [-1.67%]
9.46k [-3.59%]
9.26k [-5.67%]
8.77k [-10.63%]

Multithread integers operations
Model
Score
22.99k [12.34%]
22.01k [7.57%]
21.38k [4.49%]
20.49k [0.12%]
Intel Core i3-2120
20.46k
This model
20.39k [-0.34%]
20.23k [-1.14%]
20.18k [-1.38%]
19.07k [-6.82%]

Monothread floating point operations
Model
Score
Intel Core i3-2120
7.9k
This model
7.87k [-0.27%]
7.76k [-1.68%]
7.66k [-2.95%]

Multithread floating point operations
Model
Score
19.96k [12.31%]
19.77k [11.22%]
18.12k [1.97%]
17.99k [1.24%]
Intel Core i3-2120
17.77k
This model
17.56k [-1.20%]
16.79k [-5.52%]
16.76k [-5.68%]
16.64k [-6.35%]

Monothread generic test (Zip compression)
Model
Score
Intel Core i3-2120
3.98k
This model
3.95k [-0.72%]
3.87k [-2.85%]

Multithread generic test (Zip compression)
Model
Score
10.41k [3.77%]
10.35k [3.21%]
10.15k [1.17%]
10.08k [0.45%]
10.04k [0.06%]
Intel Core i3-2120
10.03k
This model
9.99k [-0.41%]
9.99k [-0.43%]
9.45k [-5.84%]

Monothread memory performance
Model
Score
3.03k [2.44%]
3.02k [2.16%]
3.01k [1.89%]
2.98k [0.99%]
Intel Core i3-2120
2.95k
This model
2.93k [-0.89%]
2.92k [-1.03%]
2.88k [-2.43%]
2.82k [-4.66%]

Multithread memory performance
Model
Score
3.03k [2.88%]
2.98k [1.03%]
Intel Core i3-2120
2.94k
This model
2.86k [-2.82%]
2.72k [-7.72%]
          
AVX mode comparison

Monothread integers operations
Model
Score
9.31k [3.95%]
Intel Core i3-2120
8.95k
This model
8.78k [-1.89%]
8.76k [-2.12%]

Multithread integers operations
Model
Score
21.22k [4.75%]
20.9k [3.17%]
20.69k [2.12%]
Intel Core i3-2120
20.26k
This model
19.91k [-1.74%]
19.82k [-2.16%]
19.76k [-2.47%]
19.26k [-4.91%]
19.25k [-4.98%]

Monothread floating point operations
Model
Score
8.41k [1.86%]
Intel Core i3-2120
8.25k
This model
7.99k [-3.24%]
7.86k [-4.76%]

Multithread floating point operations
Model
Score
20.11k [2.93%]
20.05k [2.64%]
Intel Core i3-2120
19.54k
This model
18.75k [-4.01%]
18.12k [-7.25%]
17.42k [-10.85%]
16.8k [-14.01%]

Monothread generic test (Zip compression)
Model
Score
Intel Core i3-2120
3.99k
This model
3.98k [-0.21%]
3.9k [-2.26%]

Multithread generic test (Zip compression)
Model
Score
10.2k [1.65%]
10.19k [1.51%]
10.17k [1.31%]
10.09k [0.59%]
Intel Core i3-2120
10.04k
This model
9.95k [-0.83%]
9.92k [-1.15%]
9.5k [-5.31%]

Monothread memory performance
Model
Score
Intel Core i3-2120
3.08k
This model
3.07k [-0.43%]

Multithread memory performance
Model
Score
3.07k [1.93%]
3.04k [0.88%]
Intel Core i3-2120
3.01k
This model
2.91k [-3.49%]

Hardlimit Benchmark Central - Ver. 3.11.3