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Front view of Intel Core i3 2120

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 2120

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 130 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2 GHz Around 65% higher clock speed
Has a NX bit Yes vs No Somewhat common; Prevents a common class of security exploits
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,690 vs 578 Around 3x better PassMark (Single core) score
Better PassMark score 3,901 vs 370 More than 10.5x better PassMark score
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.42 GHz vs 2.54 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More threads 4 vs 1 3 more threads
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.37 GHz vs 2.13 GHz Around 60% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon MP 2600+

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AMD Athlon MP 2600+

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More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 2120 vs Athlon MP 2600+

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 2120  vs
Athlon MP 2600+ 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 2 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
LGA 1155
462
563

features

Has a NX bit Yes No
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Core i3 2120  vs
Athlon MP 2600+ 
Threads 4 1
L2 cache 0.5 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 130 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.42 GHz 2.54 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.37 GHz 2.13 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.42 GHz 2.54 GHz

power consumption

Typical power consumption 52.81W N/A
Intel Core i3 2120
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AMD Athlon MP 2600+
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