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Intel Core i3 3120M

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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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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 52.81W More than 45% lower typical power consumption
Better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 4,146 vs 2,764 50% better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Better performance per watt 3.96 pt/W vs 2 pt/W Around 2x better performance per watt
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Jan, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,313 vs 1,153 Around 15% better PassMark (Single core) score
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 15.66 $/year More than 45% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 56.94 $/year More than 45% lower annual commercial energy cost
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AMD Phenom II X2 511

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Significantly higher clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 2.5 GHz More than 35% higher clock speed
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
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.4 GHz vs 2.53 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.4 GHz vs 2.5 GHz More than 35% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3120M vs Phenom II X2 511

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
Phenom II X2 511
134,650 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3120M  vs
Phenom II X2 511 
Clock speed 2.5 GHz 3.4 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Core i3 3120M  vs
Phenom II X2 511 
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.53 GHz 3.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.5 GHz 3.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.53 GHz 3.4 GHz

power consumption

TDP 35W 65W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 3.96 pt/W 2 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 52.81W
Intel Core i3 3120M
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