CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3250 vs 8120 among desktop 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

Fire Strike

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?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

6.1

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD FX 8120 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD FX 8120  based on its overclocking.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i3 3250

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 3250

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Significantly higher clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 3.1 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Much lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 117.5W 2.6x lower typical power consumption
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 46.87 $/year 3.5x lower annual home energy cost
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 65.3 °C vs 61 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 109.5 $/year 2.3x lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Apr, 2013 vs Oct, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Front view of AMD FX 8120

Reasons to consider the
AMD FX 8120

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Much more l2 cache 8 MB vs 1 MB 8x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
More cores 8 vs 2 6 more cores; run more applications at once
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz vs 3.59 GHz Around 25% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.73 GHz vs 3.71 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3250 vs FX 8120

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3250
5,700
FX 8120
8,832

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3250
2,695
FX 8120
1,907

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3250
180,300 MB/s
FX 8120
2,200,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3250
5,730
FX 8120
8,516

GeekBench

Core i3 3250
5,730
FX 8120
10,128

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i3 3250
4,441
FX 8120
6,587

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i3 3250
1,857
FX 8120
1,214

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3250  vs
FX 8120 
Clock speed 3.5 GHz 3.1 GHz
Cores Dual core Octa core
Is unlocked No Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
XOP
AVX
SSE3
SSE
ABM
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 55W 125W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 46.87 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 109.5 $/year
Performance per watt 2.87 pt/W 7.23 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 117.5W

bus

Architecture DMI HyperTransport 3.1
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,200 MT/s

details

Core i3 3250  vs
FX 8120 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 8
L2 cache 1 MB 8 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 61°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.59 GHz 4.47 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.71 GHz 4.73 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.59 GHz 4.47 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2500 N/A
Number of displays supported 3 N/A
GPU clock speed 650 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,050 MHz N/A

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No Yes
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 29,866.66 MB/s
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