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Intel Core i3-3120M

Intel 3120M

The Intel Core i3-3120M is a dual-core processor for laptops based on the Ivy Bridge architecture. 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 2.5 GHz, Turbo Boost is not supported. As its Sandy-Bridge-based predecessors, it offers a 3 MB L3-Cache.

Ivy Bridge is an enhanced die shrink of the Sandy Bridge architecture with improvements on both GPU and CPU performance. The CPUs are produced in 22nm (versus 32nm Sandy Bridge CPUs) and are the first to introduce 3D transistors for increased energy efficiency when compared to similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processors. Other new features are integrated PCI Express 3.0 and  DDR3(L)-1600 support.

The performance of the Core i3-3120M is slightly above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to the architectural improvements. As a result, overall performance is about 5 - 10 % faster compared to the old i3-2370M. Thanks to their Turbo Boost, Core-i5-models like the i5-3210M are significantly faster (10 - 25 %).

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 offers 16 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 650 MHz up to 1100 MHz with Turbo Boost. Therefore, the performance is slightly below an AMD Radeon HD 6620G.

Just like most other Ivy Bridge dual-cores, the i3-3120M is rated at a TDP of 35 W. Therefore, even smaller laptops can use the Core i3.

SeriesIntel Core i3
CodenameIvy Bridge
Series: Core i3 Ivy Bridge
Intel Core i3-3130M compare2600 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i3-3120M2500 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-3110M compare2400 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-3227U compare1900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-3217U compare1800 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-3229Y compare1400 MHz2 / 43 MB
Clock Rate2500 MHz
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache3 MB
Number of Cores / Threads2 / 4
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)35 Watt
Manufacturing Technology22 nm
FeaturesHD Graphics 4000 (650-1100MHz), DDR3-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
GPUIntel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1100 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Announcement Date10/01/2012
Product Link (external)Intel Core i3 3120M

Benchmarks

Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 2.44     avg: 2.5     median: 2.5 (6%)     max: 2.51 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 0.95     avg: 1     median: 1 (38%)     max: 0.98 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 3401     avg: 3428     median: 3428 (35%)     max: 3455 points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 6520     avg: 6867     median: 6867 (12%)     max: 7214 points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 9328     avg: 9496     median: 9564 (11%)     max: 9597 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 2210     avg: 3704     median: 4431 (39%)     max: 4471 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 674.064     avg: 677     median: 676.5 (8%)     max: 679 s
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 3053     avg: 3071     median: 3057 (20%)     max: 3102 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 15     avg: 15.4     median: 15.2 (3%)     max: 16 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 34.424     avg: 38.1     median: 35 (1%)     max: 45 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 805     avg: 1053     median: 854.1 (4%)     max: 1499 s
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
31670 MFLOPS (24%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
min: 17144     avg: 21959     median: 22853 (15%)     max: 25881 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 2273     avg: 2328     median: 2293 (6%)     max: 2419 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 3120     avg: 3241     median: 3240.5 (10%)     max: 3361 Points
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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Reviews for the Intel Core i3 3120M processor

Acer Aspire E1-771 (NVIDIA GeForce 710M, 17.3")
» Acer Aspire E1-771 - External Review

Asus P55VA-X0016X (Intel HD Graphics 4000, 15.6")
» Asus P55VA-X0016X - External Review

Asus X55VD-SX202H (NVIDIA GeForce 610M, 15.6")
» Asus X55VD-SX202H - External Review

HP ProBook 4340s H4R47EA (Intel HD Graphics 4000, 13.3")
» Review HP ProBook 4340s H4R47EA Notebook - Review

HP ProBook 450-H0V92EA (Intel HD Graphics 4000, 15.6")
» Review HP ProBook 450-H0V92EA Notebook - Review

Lenovo G580-59-362187 (NVIDIA GeForce 710M, 15.6")
» Lenovo G580-59-362187 - External Review

Medion Akoya E6232-MD99222 (Intel HD Graphics 4000, 11.6")
» Medion Akoya E6232-MD99222 - External Review

Medion Akoya E6237-MD98476 (Intel HD Graphics 4000, 15.6")
» Medion Akoya E6237-MD98476 - External Review

Medion Akoya P6640-MD99220 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, 15.6")
» Medion Akoya P6640-MD99220 - External Review

Samsung 300E5E-S01PL (AMD Radeon HD 8750M, 15.6")
» Samsung 300E5E-S01PL - External Review

Samsung ATIV 270E5E-K02PL (Intel HD Graphics 4000, 15.6")
» Samsung ATIV 270E5E-K02PL - External Review

Samsung ATIV 450R5E-X01CZ (Intel HD Graphics 4000, 15.6")
» Samsung ATIV 450R5E-X01CZ - External Review

Sony Vaio SV-E14A3M2ES (Intel HD Graphics 4000, 14")
» Review Sony Vaio SV-E14A3M2ES Notebook - Review
» Sony Vaio SV-E14A3M2ES - External Review

Sony Vaio SVE1713E1E (AMD Radeon HD 7650M, 17.3")
» Sony Vaio SVE1713E1E - External Review

Toshiba Portege R930-1CX (Intel HD Graphics 4000, 13.3")
» Toshiba Portege R930-1CX - External Review

Toshiba Satellite C55-A5246NR (Intel HD Graphics 4000, 15.6")
» Toshiba Satellite C55-A5246NR - External Review

Toshiba Satellite C75-A-10P (Intel HD Graphics 4000, 17.3")
» Toshiba Satellite C75-A-10P - External Review

Toshiba Satellite L855-175 (AMD Radeon HD 7670M, 15.6")
» Toshiba Satellite L855-175 - External Review

Toshiba Tecra R950-15E (Intel HD Graphics 4000, 15.6")
» Toshiba Tecra R950-15E - External Review

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Other CPUs of the series Core i3

» Intel Core i3-8145U
   2x 2.1 GHz - 3.9 GHz
» Intel Core i3-8121U
   2x 2.2 GHz - 3.1 GHz
» Intel Core i3-6167U
   2x 2.7 GHz
» Intel Core i3-6100H
   2x 2.7 GHz
» Intel Core i3-5157U
   2x 2.5 GHz
» Intel Core i3-6157U
   2x 2.4 GHz
» Intel Core i3-6100U
   2x 2.3 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4110M
   2x 2.6 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4100M
   2x 2.5 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4000M
   2x 2.4 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4100E
   2x 2.4 GHz
» Intel Core i3-3130M
   2x 2.6 GHz
» Intel Core i3-3120M
   2x 2.5 GHz
» Intel Core i3-5020U
   2x 2.2 GHz
» Intel Core i3-3110M
   2x 2.4 GHz
» Intel Core i3-5010U
   2x 2.1 GHz
» Intel Core i3-5015U
   2x 2.1 GHz
» Intel Core i3-6006U
   2x 2 GHz
» Intel Core i3-2370M
   2x 2.4 GHz
» Intel Core i3-390M
   2x 2.67 GHz
» Intel Core i3-5005U
   2x 2 GHz
» Intel Core i3-2350M
   2x 2.3 GHz
» Intel Core i3-2348M
   2x 2.3 GHz
» Intel Core i3-380M
   2x 2.53 GHz
» Intel Core i3-2330M
   2x 2.2 GHz
» Intel Core i3-2328M
   2x 2.2 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4158U
   2x 2 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4120U
   2x 2 GHz
» Intel Core i3-370M
   2x 2.4 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4030U
   2x 1.9 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4025U
   2x 1.9 GHz
» Intel Core i3-2312M
   2x 2.1 GHz
» Intel Core i3-2310M
   2x 2.1 GHz
» Intel Core i3-2308M
   2x 2.1 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4100U
   2x 1.8 GHz
» Intel Core i3-3227U
   2x 1.9 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4010U
   2x 1.7 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4005U
   2x 1.7 GHz
» Intel Core i3-3217U
   2x 1.8 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4102E
   2x 1.6 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4030Y
   2x 1.6 GHz
» Intel Core i3-350M
   2x 2.26 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4020Y
   2x 1.5 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4012Y
   2x 1.5 GHz
» Intel Core i3-330M
   2x 2.13 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4010Y
   2x 1.3 GHz
» Intel Core i3-3229Y
   2x 1.4 GHz
» Intel Core i3-2377M
   2x 1.5 GHz
» Intel Core i3-2375M
   2x 1.5 GHz
» Intel Core i3-2367M
   2x 1.4 GHz
» Intel Core i3-2365M
   2x 1.4 GHz
» Intel Core i3-2357M
   2x 1.3 GHz
» Intel Core i3-380UM
   2x 1.33 GHz
» Intel Core i3-330UM
   2x 1.2 GHz

Surrounding CPUs

+ AMD Pro A12-8800B
   4x 2.1 GHz - 3.4 GHz
+ Intel Core i5-4210U
   2x 1.7 GHz - 2.7 GHz
+ Intel Core i5-4260U
   2x 1.4 GHz - 2.7 GHz
+ AMD A10-9620P
   4x 2.5 GHz - 3.4 GHz
+ Intel Celeron 3965U
   2x 2.2 GHz
» Intel Core i3-3120M
   2x 2.5 GHz
- Intel Core i5-3427U
   2x 1.8 GHz - 2.8 GHz
- Intel Core i5-4402E
   2x 1.6 GHz - 2.7 GHz
- Intel Core m7-6Y75
   2x 1.2 GHz - 3.1 GHz
- Intel Core 2 Extreme X9100
   2x 3.06 GHz
- Intel Core i5-4200U
   2x 1.6 GHz - 2.6 GHz
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2012-09-26)