CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 2120 vs 1218 among all CPUs

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

7.3

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i3 2120 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i3 2120  based on its performance, single-core performance and power consumption.

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Intel Core i3 2120

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Front view of Intel Core i3 2120

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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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.6 GHz More than 25% higher clock speed
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Significantly lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 83.69W More than 35% lower typical power consumption
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,690 vs 801 More than 2x better PassMark (Single core) score
Significantly better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 5,074 vs 2,256 Around 2.2x better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Significantly more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 3x more l3 cache per core
Slightly more l3 cache 3 MB vs 1 MB 3x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Newer Jan, 2011 vs Aug, 2006 Release date over 4 years later
Higher Maximum operating temperature 69.1 °C vs 55 °C More than 25% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better performance per watt 2.79 pt/W vs 0.59 pt/W Around 4.8x better performance per watt
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 24.81 $/year More than 35% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 90.23 $/year More than 35% lower annual commercial energy cost
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.37 GHz vs 2.6 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Opteron 1218

Reasons to consider the
AMD Opteron 1218

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Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 0.5 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 2120 vs Opteron 1218

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 2120
162,800 MB/s
Opteron 1218
155.6 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 2120  vs
Opteron 1218 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 2.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1155
AM2
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 65W 103W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 24.81 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 90.23 $/year
Performance per watt 2.79 pt/W 0.59 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 83.69W

details

Core i3 2120  vs
Opteron 1218 
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 0.5 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 1 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 33 13
Operating temperature Unknown - 69.1°C 0 - 55°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.42 GHz 3.41 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.37 GHz 2.6 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 1,336.7 1,578.7
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.42 GHz 3.41 GHz

integrated graphics

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
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