Intel Core i3-3120M vs Intel Core i5-3210M

Compare Intel Core 2 core CPU vs Intel Core 2 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

11 %
Identical
11 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

22 %
24 %
9% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

9 %
12% slightly better multitasking score
8 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

8 %
Identical
8 %

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

1,028
1,236
20% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

451
555
23% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score

Specifications

Cores

Number of physical processing units

2
Identical
2

Threads

Number of logical processing units

4
Identical
4

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

3 GHz
Identical
3 GHz

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

35 W
Identical
35 W

PCIe Lanes

Number of physical connections between the CPU and expansion slots

16
Identical
16

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access

2
Identical
2

Supported Memory

Maximum amount of RAM supported by this CPU

32 GiB
Identical
32 GiB

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

1,079th of 1,337
1,072nd of 1,337

Family

The product line

Core
Core

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

August 2012
May 2012

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

DDR3-1333
DDR3-1333

Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory

No
No

Core i3-3120M vs Core i5-3210M benchmarks

According to the hardwareDB Benchmark tool, the Core i5-3210M is faster than the Core i3-3120M. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i3-3120M in all gaming tests too.

Our spec comparison shows that they have an identical amount of cores and the same number of threads. Both the Core i3-3120M and Core i5-3210M have the same clock speed. Both these chips have an identical TDP (Thermal Design Power). This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

The more cores a CPU has, the better the overall performance will be in parallel workloads such as multitasking. Many CPUs have more threads than cores, this means that each physical core is split into multiple logical cores, making them more efficient. Indeed, the Core i3-3120M has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

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