CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3120M vs G530 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

7.8

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Celeron G530 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Celeron G530  based on its value.

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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 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better geekbench 3 AES single core score 131,100 MB/s vs 118,250 MB/s More than 10% better geekbench 3 AES single core score
More number of displays supported 3 vs 2 1 more number of displays supported
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 90 °C vs 69.1 °C More than 30% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz vs 1,000 MHz 10% better turbo clock speed
Lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 52.81W More than 45% lower typical power consumption
More l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 1 MB/core 50% more l3 cache per core
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Jul, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Better performance per watt 3.99 pt/W vs 1.95 pt/W More than 2x better performance per watt
Lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 56.94 $/year More than 45% lower annual commercial energy cost
Lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 15.66 $/year More than 45% lower annual home energy cost
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Much better performance per dollar 6.34 pt/$ vs 0.8 pt/$ Around 8x better performance per dollar
Significantly higher GPU clock speed 850 MHz vs 650 MHz More than 30% higher GPU clock speed

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3120M vs Celeron G530

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

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
Celeron G530
118,250 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3120M  vs
Celeron G530 
Clock speed 2.5 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
LGA 1155

features

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

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 3.99 pt/W 1.95 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 52.81W

bus

Architecture DMI DMI
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Core i3 3120M  vs
Celeron G530 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 2 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 25 24
Operating temperature Unknown - 90°C Unknown - 69.1°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.53 GHz 2.51 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.5 GHz 2.4 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 1,976.5 2,162.3
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.53 GHz 2.51 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4000 Intel® HD Graphics
Number of displays supported 3 2
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 850 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz 1,000 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3L-1333
DDR3RS-1600
DDR3RS-1333
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 17,066.66 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 32,768 MB
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