Intel Core i3-4120U vs Intel Core i3-4030Y vs Intel Core i3-4000M

Intel Core i3-4120U

► remove Intel 4120U

The Intel Core i3-4120U is an ULV (ultra low voltage) dual-core processor for ultrabooks launched in Q2 2014. It is based on the Haswell architecture and is manufactured in 22nm. Due to Hyper-Threading, the two cores can handle up to four threads in parallel, leading to better utilization of the CPU. Each core offers a base speed of 2.0 GHz and includes no Turbo Boost support.

Haswell is the successor to the Ivy Bridge architecture with improvements on both GPU and CPU performance. The CPUs are produced in 22nm and offer an optimized branch prediction as well as additional execution ports, improving performance per clock by almost 10 percent. Furthermore, new features like AVX2 and FMA should increase the performance in future applications.

According to the identical clock rate, the Core i3-4120U offers the same performance as the Core i3-4158U (28 W TDP). Thus, the CPU has sufficient power for office and multimedia purposes as well as most applications.

The integrated HD Graphics 4400 offers 20 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 200 - 1000 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it somewhat faster than the former HD Graphics 4000 at similar clock speeds. However, the HD 4400 is somewhat slower than the HD 5000 of other ULV models.

The Core i3-4120U is rated at a TDP of 15 W including the graphics card, memory controller, VRMs and the integrated chipset. Therefore, the CPU is suited for small ultrabooks 11-inches or greater.

Intel Core i3-4030Y

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The Intel Core i3-4030Y is an ULV (ultra low voltage) dual-core processor for ultrabooks and tablets which has been presented in Q2/2014. It is based on the Haswell architecture and manufactured in 22nm. Due to Hyperthreading, the two cores can handle up to four threads in parallel, leading to better utilization of the CPU. Each core offers a base speed of 1.6 GHz (no Turbo Boost support).

Haswell is the successor to the Ivy Bridge architecture with improvements on both GPU and CPU performance. The CPUs are produced in 22nm and offer an optimized branch prediction as well as additional execution ports, improving the performance per clock by almost 10 percent. Furthermore, new features like AVX2 and FMA should increase the performance in future applications.

The performance of the Core i3-4030Y is just slightly below the Ivy Bridge based Core i3-3217U (17 W TDP). However, when using new instructions such as AVX2, the performance can be significantly better. Thus, the CPU has sufficient power for office and multimedia purposes as well as most applications.

The integrated HD Graphics 4200 offers 20 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 200 - 850 MHz (with Turbo Boost), making it somewhat faster than the former HD Graphics 4000 (at similar clocks). However, the HD 4200 is clearly slower than the HD 4400 of other ULV models (with a higher TDP).

The i3-4020Y is rated at a TDP of 11.5 watts (SDP 6 watts) including graphics card, memory controller, VRMs and the integrated chipset.  Therefore, the CPU is suited for very small ultrabooks or tablets.

Intel Core i3-4000M

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The Intel Core i3-4000M is a middle-class dual-core processor for laptops launched in Q2 2013. It is based on the Haswell architecture and is manufactured in 22nm. Due to Hyper-Threading, the two cores can handle up to four threads in parallel leading to better utilization of the CPU. Each core offers a base speed of 2.4 GHz and includes no Turbo Boost support.

Haswell is the successor to the Ivy Bridge architecture with improvements on both GPU and CPU performance. The CPUs are produced in 22nm and offer an optimized branch prediction as well as additional execution ports. Furthermore, new features like AVX2 and FMA should increase the performance in future applications.

Due to these changes, the performance per clock has been improved by almost 10 percent compared to Ivy Bridge. Therefore, the i3-4000M is about as fast as the former Sandy Bridge model i5-2410M.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 offers 20 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 400 MHz up to 1100 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it about 30 % faster than a similarly clocked HD 4000.

The i3-4000M is rated at a TDP of 37 W including the graphics card, memory controller and VRMs. Therefore, the CPU is suited for laptops 14-inches or greater.

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: Core i3 Haswell
Intel Core i3-4110M2600 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4100M2500 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4000M2400 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4100E2400 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4158U2000 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i3-4120U2000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4030U1900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4025U1900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4100U1800 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4010U1700 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4005U1700 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4102E1600 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4030Y1600 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4020Y1500 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4012Y1500 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4010Y1300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4110M2600 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4100M2500 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4000M2400 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4100E2400 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4158U2000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4120U2000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4030U1900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4025U1900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4100U1800 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4010U1700 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4005U1700 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4102E1600 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i3-4030Y1600 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4020Y1500 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4012Y1500 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4010Y1300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4110M2600 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4100M2500 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i3-4000M2400 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4100E2400 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4158U2000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4120U2000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4030U1900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4025U1900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4100U1800 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4010U1700 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4005U1700 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4102E1600 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4030Y1600 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4020Y1500 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4012Y1500 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4010Y1300 MHz2 / 43 MB
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HD Graphics 4400 (200 - 1000 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIHD Graphics 4200 (200 - 850 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIHD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1100 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 4400 (200 - 1000 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4200 (200 - 850 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1100 MHz)
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Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 236     avg: 239.8     median: 240 (5%)     max: 243 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 91     avg: 94.2     median: 95 (44%)     max: 96 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 2.55     avg: 2.6     median: 2.6 (10%)     max: 2.62 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1     avg: 1.1     median: 1.1 (43%)     max: 1.08 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 3542     avg: 3570.3     median: 3581 (39%)     max: 3588 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 7994     avg: 8049     median: 8042 (16%)     max: 8111 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 10239     avg: 10314.5     median: 10329 (14%)     max: 10361 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 4651     avg: 4662     median: 4664 (45%)     max: 4669 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 631.457     avg: 649.5     median: 635.2 (8%)     max: 681.783 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 19.907     avg: 20.6     median: 20 (4%)     max: 21.997 seconds
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 15     avg: 15.2     median: 15.2 (0%)     max: 15.3 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 78     avg: 79.1     median: 79.1 (29%)     max: 80.2 fps
3DMark 06 - CPU
3098 Points (22%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 15.784     avg: 16     median: 16 (3%)     max: 16.099 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 35.793     avg: 35.8     median: 35.8 (2%)     max: 35.844 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 799.032     avg: 808.2     median: 802.1 (4%)     max: 823.556 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
41500 MIPS (20%)
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
31000 MFLOPS (24%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
6.9 points (88%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 8115     avg: 8398     median: 8398 (14%)     max: 8681 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 3054     avg: 3175.7     median: 3161 (17%)     max: 3304 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 25742     avg: 28030.3     median: 27649 (18%)     max: 30127 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 2404     avg: 2484     median: 2496 (6%)     max: 2525 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 3405     avg: 3491.3     median: 3526 (13%)     max: 3576 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
4298 Points (14%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
2024 Points (42%)

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)