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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 compare2.6 GHz2 / 4 cores3 MB L3
Intel Core i3-3120M « 2.5 GHz2 / 4 cores3 MB L3
Intel Core i3-3110M compare2.4 GHz2 / 4 cores3 MB L3
Intel Core i3-3227U compare1.9 GHz2 / 4 cores3 MB L3
Intel Core i3-3217U compare1.8 GHz2 / 4 cores3 MB L3
Intel Core i3-3229Y compare1.4 GHz2 / 4 cores3 MB L3
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
Architecturex86
Announcement Date10/01/2012
Product Link (external)Intel Core i3 3120M

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Reviews for the Intel Core i3-3120M processor

 

Review HP ProBook 450-H0V92EA Notebook

Casual business. HP considers its ProBook series to be quite affordable yet of high-quality. The business laptops that feature a straightforward configuration a...
Intel Core i3-3120M | Intel HD Graphics 4000 | 15.60" | 2.4 kg
 

Review HP ProBook 4340s H4R47EA Notebook

"Compact business partner with a bit of everything". HP has constructed a ProBook Light according to this slogan: solid aluminum surfaces, few connections, func...
Intel Core i3-3120M | Intel HD Graphics 4000 | 13.30" | 2 kg
 

Review Sony Vaio SV-E14A3M2ES Notebook

14-inch with long battery life. Sony has recently started offering models of the SV-E14 series with a touchscreen. Our E14A3M2ES is such a notebook. Our review ...
Intel Core i3-3120M | Intel HD Graphics 4000 | 14.00" | 2.3 kg

Acer Aspire E1-771: NVIDIA GeForce 710M, 17.30", 3.2 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire E1-771

Medion Akoya E6237-MD98476: Intel HD Graphics 4000, 15.60", 2.4 kg
  External Review » Medion Akoya E6237-MD98476

Asus X55VD-SX202H: NVIDIA GeForce 610M, 15.60", 2.6 kg
  External Review » Asus X55VD-SX202H

Toshiba Satellite L855-175: AMD Radeon HD 7670M, 15.60", 2.3 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Satellite L855-175

Samsung ATIV 450R5E-X01CZ: Intel HD Graphics 4000, 15.60", 2 kg
  External Review » Samsung ATIV 450R5E-X01CZ

Toshiba Satellite C55-A5246NR: Intel HD Graphics 4000, 15.60", 2.4 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Satellite C55-A5246NR

Toshiba Satellite C75-A-10P: Intel HD Graphics 4000, 17.30", 2.7 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Satellite C75-A-10P

Samsung ATIV 270E5E-K02PL: Intel HD Graphics 4000, 15.60", 2.2 kg
  External Review » Samsung ATIV 270E5E-K02PL

Sony Vaio SVE1713E1E: AMD Radeon HD 7650M, 17.30", 2.9 kg
  External Review » Sony Vaio SVE1713E1E

Toshiba Portege R930-1CX: Intel HD Graphics 4000, 13.30", 1.5 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Portege R930-1CX

Asus P55VA-X0016X: Intel HD Graphics 4000, 15.60", 2.6 kg
  External Review » Asus P55VA-X0016X

Lenovo G580-59-362187: NVIDIA GeForce 710M, 15.60", 2.4 kg
  External Review » Lenovo G580-59-362187

Toshiba Tecra R950-15E: Intel HD Graphics 4000, 15.60", 2.5 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Tecra R950-15E

Samsung 300E5E-S01PL: AMD Radeon HD 8750M, 15.60", 2.2 kg
  External Review » Samsung 300E5E-S01PL

Medion Akoya P6640-MD99220: NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, 15.60", 2.6 kg
  External Review » Medion Akoya P6640-MD99220

Medion Akoya E6232-MD99222: Intel HD Graphics 4000, 11.60", 2.5 kg
  External Review » Medion Akoya E6232-MD99222

Sony Vaio SV-E14A3M2ES: Intel HD Graphics 4000, 14.00", 2.3 kg
  External Review » Sony Vaio SV-E14A3M2ES

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» Intel Core i3-4000M
   2x 2.4 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4100E
   2x 2.4 GHz
» Intel Core i3-3130M
   2x 2.6 GHz
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   2x 2.5 GHz
» Intel Core i3-5020U
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» Intel Core i3-3110M
   2x 2.4 GHz
» Intel Core i3-5010U
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   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
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   2x 2.2 GHz
» Intel Core i3-2328M
   2x 2.2 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4158U
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   2x 2 GHz
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   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
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   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)