CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of G2120 vs 3220 among desktop CPUs (45 to 75W)

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

No winner declared

Too close to call

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Front view of Intel Core i3 3220

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Pentium G2120

Reasons to consider the
Intel Pentium G2120

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Slightly more l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.5 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Front view of Intel Core i3 3220

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Intel Core i3 3220

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Higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 3.1 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Better PassMark score 4,229 vs 3,078 More than 35% better PassMark score
Better geekbench 3 single core score 2,501 vs 2,316 Around 10% better geekbench 3 single core score
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz vs 3.21 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.48 GHz vs 3.1 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium G2120 vs Core i3 3220

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate 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

Pentium G2120
161,300 MB/s
Core i3 3220
173,000 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium G2120  vs
Core i3 3220 
Clock speed 3.1 GHz 3.3 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
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
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 55W 55W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 13.25 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 48.18 $/year
Performance per watt 2.82 pt/W 3.41 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 44.69W

bus

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

details

Pentium G2120  vs
Core i3 3220 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 1 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 3 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 31 33

overclocking

Overclock popularity 2 50
Overclocked clock speed 3.21 GHz 3.43 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.1 GHz 3.48 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 2,918.1 3,775.1
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.21 GHz 3.43 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 2500
Number of displays supported 3 3
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,050 MHz 1,050 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC Yes No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 32,768 MB
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