CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 2120 vs 4130

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

Passmark

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Passmark (Single Core)

Overclocking

How much speed can you get out of the processor?

Unlocked, Maximum Overclocked Clock Speed (Air) and 1 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Performance Per Dollar

CPUBoss Score

Performance, Single-core Performance, Overclocking and Value

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Intel Core i3 2120 

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Intel Core i3 2120

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i3 2120

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 2120

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Is hyperthreaded Yes vs No Somewhat common; Maximizes usage of each CPU core
Significantly lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 101.56W Around 50% lower typical power consumption
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,681 vs 1,269 More than 30% better PassMark (Single core) score
Significantly more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 1 MB/core 50% more l3 cache per core
Better performance per watt 8.76 pt/W vs 4.71 pt/W More than 85% better performance per watt
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 109.5 $/year Around 50% lower annual commercial energy cost
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 30.11 $/year Around 50% lower annual home energy cost
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AMD FX 4130

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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
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Higher clock speed 3.8 GHz vs 3.3 GHz More than 15% higher clock speed
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More l3 cache 4 MB vs 3 MB Around 35% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Better 3DMark11 physics score 5,990 vs 3,880 Around 55% better 3DMark11 physics score
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.26 GHz vs 3.43 GHz Around 25% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better performance per dollar 8.44 pt/$ vs 5.8 pt/$ More than 45% better performance per dollar
Marginally newer Aug, 2012 vs Jan, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.74 GHz vs 3.5 GHz More than 35% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 2120 vs FX 4130

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

Core i3 2120
3,880
FX 4130
5,990
Core i3 2120 FX 4130 @ community.futuremark.com

Passmark (Single Core)

Core i3 2120
1,681
FX 4130
1,269

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 2120  vs
FX 4130 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 3.8 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1155
AM3+
Is unlocked No Yes
Is hyperthreaded Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction-set-extensions
MMX
SSE
SSE4.2
AVX
SSE3
SSE2
Supplemental SSE3
SSE4.1
SSE4
SSE4a
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

gpu

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2000 N/A
Number of displays supported 2 N/A
GPU clock speed 850 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz N/A

bus

Architecture DMI HyperTransport 3.1

details

Core i3 2120  vs
FX 4130 
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 4 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nms 32 nms
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.43 GHz 4.26 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz 4.74 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz 4.26 GHz

power consumption

TDP 65W 125W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 30.11 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 109.5 $/year
Performance per watt 8.76 pt/W 4.71 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 101.56W
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