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Front view of Intel Core i3 2120

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Intel Core i3 2120

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Much more l3 cache 3 MB vs None Compared to all cpus, 3 MB l3 cache is just OK
Front view of AMD A8 6500

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Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 0.5 MB 8x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Higher clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 3.3 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.72 GHz vs 3.42 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Higher Maximum operating temperature 71.3 °C vs 69.1 °C Around 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Newer Jun, 2013 vs Jan, 2011 Release date over 2 years later
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz vs 3.37 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 2120 vs A8 6500

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Core i3 2120
2 mPixels/s
A8 6500
4.33 mPixels/s

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i3 2120
2,136
A8 6500
2,477

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 2120
5,074
A8 6500
5,792

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 2120
2,371
A8 6500
2,086

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 2120
162,800 MB/s
A8 6500
2,230,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 2120
5,008
A8 6500
5,452

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i3 2120
3,901
A8 6500
4,376

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i3 2120
1,690
A8 6500
1,439

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 2120  vs
A8 6500 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 3.5 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
XOP
AVX
SSE3
SSE
BMI1
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
ABM
CVT16
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 65W 65W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 2.79 pt/W 7.4 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 52.81W

details

Core i3 2120  vs
A8 6500 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 0.5 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB None
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 69.1°C Unknown - 71.3°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.42 GHz 3.72 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.37 GHz 3.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.42 GHz 3.72 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2000 Radeon™ HD 8570D
GPU clock speed 850 MHz 800 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
Intel Core i3 2120
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