CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3120M vs 3650 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

7.7

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i3 3120M 

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

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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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Significantly newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 105.55W 3.7x lower typical power consumption
Much better CompuBench 1.5 T-Rex score 1 fps vs -1 fps Around 200% better CompuBench 1.5 T-Rex score
Significantly higher GPU clock speed 650 MHz vs 443 MHz More than 45% higher GPU clock speed
Better PCMark 8 home 3.0 accelerated score 2,115 vs 1,902 More than 10% better PCMark 8 home 3.0 accelerated score
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 90 °C vs 72.7 °C Around 25% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,313 vs 902 More than 45% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 37.37 $/year 4.4x lower annual home energy cost
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Jun, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 105.12 $/year 3.4x lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD A6 3650

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AMD A6 3650

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Much better geekbench 2 (64-bit) score 6,340 vs 4,075 More than 55% better geekbench 2 (64-bit) score
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.48 GHz vs 2.53 GHz Around 40% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Slightly better cloud gate score 3,766 vs 3,537 More than 5% better cloud gate score
Better performance per dollar 1.46 pt/$ vs 0.57 pt/$ More than 2.5x better performance per dollar

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3120M vs A6 3650

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

A6 3650
-1 fps

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

A6 3650
1,902

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

A6 3650
1,783

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

A6 3650
3,766

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 3650
4,900

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 3650
1,372

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3120M
131,100 MB/s
A6 3650
108,700 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

A6 3650
3,200

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3120M  vs
A6 3650 
Clock speed 2.5 GHz 2.6 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
SSE2
MMX
AVX
SSE3
SSE
AMD64
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 35W 100W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 37.37 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 105.12 $/year
Performance per watt 5.04 pt/W 1.15 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 105.55W

details

Core i3 3120M  vs
A6 3650 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 1 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 1 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 90°C Unknown - 72.7°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.53 GHz 3.48 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.5 GHz 2.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.53 GHz 3.48 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4000 Radeon™ HD 6530D
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 443 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1600
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3L-1333
DDR3RS-1600
DDR3RS-1333
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