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Front view of Intel Core i3 3120M

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 3120M

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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 130 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Higher clock speed 2.5 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 40% higher clock speed
Significantly more l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.25 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Has a NX bit Yes vs No Somewhat common; Prevents a common class of security exploits
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,313 vs 514 More than 2.5x better PassMark (Single core) score
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Jul, 2004 Release date over 8 years later
Better PassMark score 3,342 vs 327 Around 10.2x better PassMark score
More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
More threads 4 vs 1 3 more threads
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.53 GHz vs 2.1 GHz More than 20% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.5 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 40% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon MP 2200+

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AMD Athlon MP 2200+

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CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the AMD Athlon MP 2200+ vs the Intel Core i3 3120M.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3120M vs Athlon MP 2200+

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3120M  vs
Athlon MP 2200+ 
Clock speed 2.5 GHz 1.8 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
462
563

features

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

details

Core i3 3120M  vs
Athlon MP 2200+ 
Threads 4 1
L2 cache 1 MB 0.25 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 130 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.53 GHz 2.1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.5 GHz 1.8 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 1,976.5 86.9
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.53 GHz 2.1 GHz

power consumption

Typical power consumption 28.44W N/A
Intel Core i3 3120M
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