CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3120M vs 4300M among laptop CPUs (over 15W)

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

6.4

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i3 3120M 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i3 3120M  based on its performance and single-core performance.

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Intel Core i3 3120M

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Front view of Intel Core i3 3120M

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i3 3120M

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 3120M

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Much more l3 cache 3 MB vs 0.5 MB 6x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Significantly newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz vs 655 MHz Around 70% better turbo clock speed
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 3,978 vs 1,922 More than 2x better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
Much more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 6x more l3 cache per core
Much better geekbench 2 (64-bit) score 4,075 vs 2,583 Around 60% better geekbench 2 (64-bit) score
Significantly better PCMark 8 home 3.0 accelerated score 2,115 vs 1,798 Around 20% better PCMark 8 home 3.0 accelerated score
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Significantly higher GPU clock speed 650 MHz vs 480 MHz More than 35% higher GPU clock speed
Significantly better sky diver score 1,600 vs 1,224 More than 30% better sky diver score
Significantly better CompuBench 1.5 face detection score 7.49 mPixels/s vs 2.13 mPixels/s More than 3.5x better CompuBench 1.5 face detection score
Significantly better 3DMark06 CPU score 3,057 vs 1,684 More than 80% better 3DMark06 CPU score
Better geekbench 3 single core score 1,922 vs 1,285 Around 50% better geekbench 3 single core score
Newer Sep, 2012 vs May, 2012 Release date 4 months later
Front view of AMD A4 4300M

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AMD A4 4300M

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Much higher Maximum operating temperature 100 °C vs 90 °C More than 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.02 GHz vs 2.53 GHz Around 20% better overclocked clock speed (Air)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3120M vs A4 4300M

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i3 3120M
9.79 mHash/s
A4 4300M
18.64 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

A4 4300M
0.22 fps

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

A4 4300M
1,798

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

A4 4300M
1,224

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

A4 4300M
1,942

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A4 4300M
1,970

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A4 4300M
1,285

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3120M
131,100 MB/s
A4 4300M
1,550,000 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3120M  vs
A4 4300M 
Clock speed 2.5 GHz 2.5 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual 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
XOP
AVX
SSE3
SSE
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 35W 35W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 8.43 $/year
Performance per watt 5.01 pt/W 9.08 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 28.44W

details

Core i3 3120M  vs
A4 4300M 
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 0.5 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 25 25
Operating temperature Unknown - 90°C Unknown - 100°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.53 GHz 3.02 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.5 GHz 2.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.53 GHz 3.02 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4000 Radeon™ HD 7420
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 480 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz 655 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3L-1333
DDR3RS-1600
DDR3RS-1333
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
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