CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3120M vs G530


Benchmark performance using all cores

PassMark and GeekBench

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core)

Power Consumption

How much power does the processor require?



Performance Per Dollar

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Performance, Single-core Performance, Power Consumption and Value

Intel Core i3 3120M 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i3 3120M  based on its performance, single-core performance and power consumption.

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Intel Core i3 3120M

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Front view of Intel Core i3 3120M

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i3 3120M

Reasons to consider the
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Newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More number of displays supported 3 vs 2 1 more number of displays supported
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 90 °C vs 69.1 °C More than 30% higher Maximum operating temperature
Lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 52.81W More than 45% lower typical power consumption
Better turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz vs 1,000 MHz 10% better turbo clock speed
Better 3DMark11 physics score 3,120 vs 2,180 Around 45% better 3DMark11 physics score
Slightly better PassMark score 3,342 vs 2,157 Around 55% better PassMark score
Better performance per watt 12.22 pt/W vs 5.1 pt/W Around 2.5x better performance per watt
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Jul, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 15.66 $/year More than 45% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 56.94 $/year More than 45% lower annual commercial energy cost
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Significantly higher GPU clock speed 850 MHz vs 650 MHz More than 30% higher GPU clock speed
Better performance per dollar 6.02 pt/$ vs 3.22 pt/$ More than 85% better performance per dollar

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

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs


3D Mark 11 (Physics)

PassMark Data courtesy PassMark

PassMark (Single Core) Data courtesy PassMark

Specifications Full list of technical specs


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


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
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 12.22 pt/W 5.1 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 52.81W


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


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


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

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
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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