Intel Core i3-2120

Intel Core i3-2120 Benchmark

Intel Core i3-2120 Processor benchmark, specs and release date - 3 GHz 2 core Intel Core LGA 1155 CPU rating. Is the Core i3-2120 good for gaming?

CPU Benchmark Score

13 %
Average score from 4 samples
Medium uncertainty
816th of 1,219
69th of 1,219
4 benchmarks

CPU benchmarks

Here are the performance results of this CPU in both the hardwareDB Benchmark and other benchmark utilities. Synthetic tests are an estimation of real-world performance using consistent and repeatable benchmarks.



13 %



25 %



10 %

Heavy Workloads


9 %

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Alternative benchmarks

Here are some benchmark results using alternative testing software

Geekbench (multi)

Geekbench (multi)

Multi threaded benchmark

Geekbench (single)

Geekbench (single)

Single threaded benchmark


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CPU Comparison

The Intel Core i3-2120 compared against popular alternatives. Compare against more CPUs with our CPU Comparison Tool.

Intel Core i3-2120
13 %
Intel Core i7-940
13 %
Intel Core i5-5350U
13 %
Intel Core i5-3340M
12 %
Intel Xeon E5-2609
12 %
Intel Pentium G3260
12 %
Intel Core i5-4260U
11 %


Clock Speed 3.3 GHz
Cores 2
Threads 4
PCIe Revision 2
PCIe Lanes 16
Socket LGA 1155
Family Core
Memory Type DDR3-1066
Memory Channels 2
Max Memory 32 GiB
Release Date 2011-02-01
TDP 65 W

Intel Core i3-2120

The Core i3-2120 is a 2 core CPU from Intel released in 2011. This chip has an average overall score at 13% in our CPU benchmark. Our gaming benchmark shows that this CPU is an average processor for gaming, with a score of 25%. As for multitasking and heavy workloads, the Core i3-2120 scores 10% and 9% respectively. Indeed, this is a bad rating for very heavy workloads.

The Core i3-2120 has 2 cores and 4 threads. This CPU makes use of simultaneous multithreading technology to improve performance on parallel tasks. Each physical CPU core is divided into multiple logical processors. This Intel CPU has a clock speed of 3.3 GHz.

As for memory, the Core i3-2120 makes use of DDR3-1066 memory. The faster the memory, the better. Faster memory means that the CPU doesn't have to wait to get the data it needs. It can accommodate a maximum of 32 GiB of memory. Furthermore, this chip can handle up to 2 channels of RAM, a multichannel memory architecture allows for higher data transfer between the CPU and the memory. However, to take advantage of this, you must have enough memory slots filled.

This CPU has fast connectivity with support for PCI-Express Gen 2. The faster the PCIe link, the better. This allows for better performance with GPUs and NVME SSDs. It has a total of 16 PCIe lanes.

Power and thermals for the Intel Core i3-2120 CPU are a TDP (Thermal Design Power) of 65 watts. This measures the amount of heat the processor produces when running at full load. This isn't a measure of power consumption, but it's good estimate.

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