CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3120M vs 4500M

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

3DMark06 (CPU), Passmark, GeekBench (32-bit) and GeekBench (64-bit)

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Passmark (Single Core)

Power Consumption

How much power does the processor require?

TDP

Features

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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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Is hyperthreaded Yes vs No Somewhat common; Maximizes usage of each CPU core
Higher clock speed 2.5 GHz vs 1.9 GHz More than 30% higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly better turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz vs 685 MHz More than 60% better turbo clock speed
Higher GPU clock speed 650 MHz vs 496 MHz More than 30% higher GPU clock speed
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,313 vs 848 Around 55% better PassMark (Single core) score
Significantly better PassMark (Overclocked) score 1,976.5 vs 1,054.9 More than 85% better PassMark (Overclocked) score
Better 3DMark11 physics score 3,120 vs 2,080 50% better 3DMark11 physics score
Better 3DMark06 CPU score 3,057 vs 2,438 More than 25% better 3DMark06 CPU score
Better geekbench (64-bit) score 4,083 vs 2,875 More than 40% better geekbench (64-bit) score
Slightly better PassMark score 3,342 vs 2,676 Around 25% better PassMark score
Slightly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.54 GHz vs 2.33 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.5 GHz vs 1.9 GHz More than 30% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Sep, 2012 vs May, 2012 Release date 4 months later
Front view of AMD A8 4500M

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AMD A8 4500M

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Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 1 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much better performance per dollar 10.94 pt/$ vs 3.3 pt/$ More than 3.2x better performance per dollar
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Significantly higher Maximum Operating Temperature 100 °C vs 90 °C More than 10% higher Maximum Operating Temperature

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3120M vs A8 4500M

GeekBench (32-bit)

A8 4500M
3,153

GeekBench (64-bit)

A8 4500M
2,875

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

A8 4500M
2,080
Core i3 3120M A8 4500M @ community.futuremark.com

3D Mark 06 (CPU)

A8 4500M
2,438

Passmark

A8 4500M
2,676
Core i3 3120M A8 4500M @ cpubenchmark.net

Passmark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3120M  vs
A8 4500M 
Clock speed 2.5 GHz 1.9 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Is unlocked No No
Is hyperthreaded Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
MMX
AVX 1.1
SSE
SSE4.2
AMD64
AVX
XOP
SSE3
CLMUL
FMA3
SSE2
FMA4
F16C
Supplemental SSE3
SSE4.1
SSE4a
AES
CVT16
AMD-V
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 35W 35W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 8.43 $/year
Performance per watt 12.51 pt/W 9.38 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 28.44W

details

Core i3 3120M  vs
A8 4500M 
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 1 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 25 19
Operating temperature Unknown - 90°C Unknown - 100°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.54 GHz 2.33 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.5 GHz 1.9 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 1,976.5 1,054.9
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.54 GHz 2.33 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4000 Radeon™ HD 7640G
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 496 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz 685 MHz

memory controller

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