AMD FX-8120 vs Intel Core i5-2500

Compare AMD FX 8-Core Black Edition 4 core CPU vs Intel Core 4 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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$ 128.36
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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

22 %
22% slightly better overall score
18 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

31 %
34 %
9% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

18 %
28% slightly better multitasking score
14 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

18 %
38% slightly better heavy workload score
13 %

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (multi) score

Geekbench 5 (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

5% slightly higher Geekbench 5 (multi) score
Geekbench 5 (single) score

Geekbench 5 (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

28% slightly higher Geekbench 5 (single) score
Geekbench 6 (multi) score

Geekbench 6 (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

6% slightly higher Geekbench 6 (multi) score
Geekbench 6 (single) score

Geekbench 6 (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

32% slightly higher Geekbench 6 (single) score



Number of physical processing units



Number of logical processing units

100% significantly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

3.1 GHz
3.3 GHz
6% slightly higher clock speed


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

125 W
95 W
31% slightly lower TDP

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

378th of 627
423rd of 627


The product line

FX 8-Core Black Edition

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

February 2011

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory


FX-8120 vs Core i5-2500 comparison

In our benchmarks, the FX-8120 beats the Core i5-2500 in overall performance. Despite this, the Core i5-2500 has the advantage in our gaming benchmark.

When comparing these CPUs we notice that they have the same number of cores but the FX-8120 has more threads. These CPUs have different clock speeds. Indeed, the Core i5-2500 has a slightly higher clock speed compared to the FX-8120. The Core i5-2500 outputs less heat than FX-8120 thanks to a slightly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

Modern CPUs generally have more logical cores than physical cores, this means that each core is split into multiple virtual cores, improving efficiency for parallel workloads. Indeed, the FX-8120 has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.


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