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Core i3-2120


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.

The i3-2120 has 2x32+2x32 kB of cache L1, 2x256 kB of cache L2 and 3072 kB of cache L3.

"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

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)
2699
6357 (x2.4)
Test#2 (FP)
7404
16874 (x2.3)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
3819
9398 (x2.5)
Test#1 (Memory)
2986
2906 (x1.0)
TOTAL
16908
35535 (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)
9815
20462 (x2.1)
Test#2 (FP)
7896
17773 (x2.3)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
3980
10031 (x2.5)
Test#1 (Memory)
2954
2945 (x1.0)
TOTAL
24645
51211 (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)
8953
20259 (x2.3)
Test#2 (FP)
8253
19537 (x2.4)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
3988
10036 (x2.5)
Test#1 (Memory)
3079
3014 (x1.0)
TOTAL
24272
52846 (x2.2)

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
Intel Core i3-2120 (This model)
 Mode FPU monothread  [16908 points]
 Mode FPU multithread  [35535 points]
 Mode AVX monothread  [24272 points]
 Mode AVX multithread  [52846 points]
 Mode FPU monothread  [16862 points -0.27%]
 Mode FPU multithread  [34152 points -3.89%]
 Mode AVX monothread  [24127 points -0.60%]
 Mode AVX multithread  [50232 points -4.95%]
 Mode FPU monothread  [17021 points +0.67%]
 Mode FPU multithread  [42025 points +18.26%]
 Mode AVX2 monothread  [40371 points +66.33%]
 Mode AVX2 multithread  [74894 points +41.72%]
 Mode FPU monothread  [16349 points -3.30%]
 Mode FPU multithread  [31860 points -10.34%]
 Mode AVX2 monothread  [30120 points +24.09%]
 Mode AVX2 multithread  [60711 points +14.88%]
 Mode FPU monothread  [18711 points +10.66%]
 Mode FPU multithread  [35092 points -1.25%]
 Mode AVX2 monothread  [33933 points +39.80%]
 Mode AVX2 multithread  [68268 points +29.18%]
 Mode FPU monothread  [24373 points +44.15%]
 Mode FPU multithread  [51093 points +43.78%]
 Mode AVX2 monothread  [47385 points +95.23%]
 Mode AVX2 multithread  [102780 points +94.49%]
 Mode FPU monothread  [18779 points +11.07%]
 Mode FPU multithread  [58945 points +65.88%]
 Mode AVX monothread  [25387 points +4.59%]
 Mode AVX multithread  [86269 points +63.25%]
 Mode FPU monothread  [25362 points +50.01%]
 Mode FPU multithread  [49558 points +39.46%]
 Mode AVX2 monothread  [47245 points +94.65%]
 Mode AVX2 multithread  [101638 points +92.33%]
 Mode FPU monothread  [17332 points +2.51%]
 Mode FPU multithread  [31054 points -12.61%]
 Mode SSE monothread  [25871 points +6.59%]
 Mode SSE multithread  [42392 points -19.78%]
 Mode FPU monothread  [21844 points +29.20%]
 Mode FPU multithread  [42617 points +19.93%]
 Mode AVX2 monothread  [41997 points +73.03%]
 Mode AVX2 multithread  [90888 points +71.99%]
 Mode FPU monothread  [16274 points -3.75%]
 Mode FPU multithread  [32395 points -8.84%]
 Mode AVX monothread  [15228 points -37.26%]
 Mode AVX multithread  [45387 points -14.11%]
          
FPU mode comparison

Monothread integers operations
Model
Score
Intel Core i3-2120
2699
This model
2626 [-2.70%]

Multithread integers operations
Model
Score
6806 [7.07%]
Intel Core i3-2120
6357
This model

Monothread floating point operations
Model
Score
7841 [5.91%]
Intel Core i3-2120
7404
This model

Multithread floating point operations
Model
Score
Intel Core i3-2120
16874
This model
15370 [-8.91%]
14786 [-12.37%]

Monothread generic test (Zip compression)
Model
Score
Intel Core i3-2120
3819
This model

Multithread generic test (Zip compression)
Model
Score
9698 [3.19%]
Intel Core i3-2120
9398
This model
9277 [-1.29%]
8896 [-5.34%]

Monothread memory performance
Model
Score
3164 [5.95%]
Intel Core i3-2120
2986
This model
2928 [-1.93%]

Multithread memory performance
Model
Score
3015 [3.77%]
Intel Core i3-2120
2906
This model
2829 [-2.63%]
2681 [-7.72%]
          
SSE mode comparison

Monothread integers operations
Model
Score
Intel Core i3-2120
9815
This model
8768 [-10.67%]
8663 [-11.74%]

Multithread integers operations
Model
Score
22987 [12.34%]
20487 [0.12%]
Intel Core i3-2120
20462
This model
20392 [-0.34%]
19066 [-6.82%]
18891 [-7.68%]

Monothread floating point operations
Model
Score
Intel Core i3-2120
7896
This model

Multithread floating point operations
Model
Score
20525 [15.49%]
Intel Core i3-2120
17773
This model
17560 [-1.20%]
16764 [-5.68%]

Monothread generic test (Zip compression)
Model
Score
Intel Core i3-2120
3980
This model

Multithread generic test (Zip compression)
Model
Score
10409 [3.77%]
10037 [0.06%]
Intel Core i3-2120
10031
This model
9991 [-0.41%]
9326 [-7.03%]

Monothread memory performance
Model
Score
3026 [2.44%]
3009 [1.89%]
Intel Core i3-2120
2954
This model
2927 [-0.89%]

Multithread memory performance
Model
Score
3030 [2.88%]
2975 [1.03%]
Intel Core i3-2120
2945
This model
          
AVX mode comparison

Monothread integers operations
Model
Score
9847 [9.99%]
9306 [3.95%]
Intel Core i3-2120
8953
This model
8784 [-1.89%]

Multithread integers operations
Model
Score
20902 [3.17%]
Intel Core i3-2120
20259
This model
19759 [-2.47%]

Monothread floating point operations
Model
Score
8418 [2.00%]
Intel Core i3-2120
8253
This model
7985 [-3.24%]
7860 [-4.76%]

Multithread floating point operations
Model
Score
20109 [2.93%]
Intel Core i3-2120
19537
This model
18754 [-4.01%]
15129 [-22.56%]
15116 [-22.63%]

Monothread generic test (Zip compression)
Model
Score
Intel Core i3-2120
3988
This model
3898 [-2.26%]

Multithread generic test (Zip compression)
Model
Score
10437 [4.00%]
10201 [1.65%]
Intel Core i3-2120
10036
This model
9503 [-5.31%]

Monothread memory performance
Model
Score
3153 [2.42%]
Intel Core i3-2120
3079
This model

Multithread memory performance
Model
Score
3072 [1.93%]
3041 [0.88%]
Intel Core i3-2120
3014
This model
2909 [-3.49%]

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