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Intel Core i3-4120U

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.

SeriesIntel Core i3
CodenameHaswell
Series: Core i3 Haswell
Intel Core i3-4110M compare2.6 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4100M compare2.5 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4000M compare2.4 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4100E compare2.4 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4158U compare2 GHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i3-4120U2 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4030U compare1.9 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4025U compare1.9 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4100U compare1.8 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4010U compare1.7 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4005U compare1.7 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4102E compare1.6 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4030Y compare1.6 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4020Y compare1.5 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4012Y compare1.5 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-4010Y compare1.3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Clock Rate2000 MHz
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache3 MB
Number of Cores / Threads2 / 4
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)15 Watt
Manufacturing Technology22 nm
Max. Temperature100 °C
FeaturesHD Graphics 4400 (200 - 1000 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
GPUIntel HD Graphics 4400 (200 - 1000 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Architecturex86
Starting Price$281 U.S.
Announcement Date04/14/2014
Product Link (external)Intel Core i3 4120U

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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

+ Intel Core i7-3689Y
   2x 1.5 GHz - 2.6 GHz
+ Intel Pentium 2020M
   2x 2.4 GHz
+ AMD Phenom II X2 X620 BE
   2x 3.1 GHz
+ Intel Core i3-4158U
   2x 2 GHz
+ Intel Pentium 3825U
   2x 1.9 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4120U
   2x 2 GHz
- Intel Core i3-370M
   2x 2.4 GHz
- Intel Celeron 2970M
   2x 2.2 GHz
- Intel Core i5-4300Y
   2x 1.6 GHz - 2.3 GHz
- Intel Core i5-4302Y
   2x 1.6 GHz - 2.3 GHz
- Intel Pentium B980
   2x 2.4 GHz
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2014-04-15)