Intel Core i3-3120M vs Intel Core i5-3317U

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 %
10% slightly better gaming score
20 %

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

9 %
Identical
9 %

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% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score
1,013

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

451
459
1% 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
47% significantly higher clock speed
2 GHz

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

35 W
17 W
105% significantly lower TDP

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
1,078th 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 i5-3317U benchmarks

In our benchmarks, the Core i5-3317U beats the Core i3-3120M in overall performance. Despite this, the Core i3-3120M has the advantage in our gaming benchmark.

Info from our database shows that they both have the same core count and the same number of threads. With our hardware info, we find that the Core i3-3120M has a significantly higher clock speed than the Core i5-3317U. The Core i5-3317U outputs less heat than Core i3-3120M thanks to a significantly lower TDP. 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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