CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3120M vs 250u 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

7.1

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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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 higher clock speed 2.5 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 55% higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
Significantly better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 4,146 vs 1,494 More than 2.8x better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,313 vs 556 More than 2.2x better PassMark (Single 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 Sep, 2012 vs Nov, 2009 Release date over 2 years later
Higher Maximum operating temperature 90 °C vs 81 °C More than 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better performance per watt 3.96 pt/W vs 2.52 pt/W More than 55% better performance per watt
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.5 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 55% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 250u

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AMD Athlon II X2 250u

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Significantly more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x 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 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Lower typical power consumption 20.31W vs 28.44W Around 30% lower typical power consumption
Lower annual home energy cost 6.02 $/year vs 8.43 $/year Around 30% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 21.9 $/year vs 30.66 $/year Around 30% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3120M vs Athlon II X2 250u

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 3120M
131,100 MB/s
Athlon II X2 250u
63,700 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3120M  vs
Athlon II X2 250u 
Clock speed 2.5 GHz 1.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
AM3
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes No
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 35W 25W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 6.02 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 21.9 $/year
Performance per watt 3.96 pt/W 2.52 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 20.31W

details

Core i3 3120M  vs
Athlon II X2 250u 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 1 MB 2 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 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 90°C Unknown - 81°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.53 GHz 2.54 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.5 GHz 1.6 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 1,976.5 1,670.6
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.53 GHz 2.54 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4000 N/A
Number of displays supported 3 N/A
GPU clock speed 650 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz N/A
Intel Core i3 3120M
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