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Intel Core i3 2nd Gen

Core i3-2120 3.3GHz

The Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz has 2 cores that run at a clock speed of 3.3GHz.

It has an L3 cache size of 3MB, an L2 cache size of 256KB, and an L1 cache size of 128KB.

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Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz

Cores2More cores means more threads and therefore more processes can be run simultaneously
Speed3.3GHzClock frequency indicates processor speed, but is only reliable in comparisons between CPUs of the same family
CodenameSandy BridgeThe code name given by the manufacturers
Release Date20 Feb 2011 The more recent the release, the more likely the CPU will receive up-to-date manufacturer support
TDP65WThe lower the TDP, the less power the CPU requires to run and thus the more efficient it is and the less heat it creates
L1 Cache128KBThe bigger the L1 cache, the more data can be stored for lightning CPU access to priority processes (though a bigger cache means a higher latency
L2 Cache256KBAfter L1 cache, L2 is utilized for slower (but still very fast) data access
L3 Cache3MBThe L3 cache is the largest CPU cache, but still provides very quick access to data
Lithography32nmThe smaller the lithographic technology used, the less power is required to run the CPU, and the less heat is created during intense use
CPU SocketLGA 1155/Socket H2The motherboard socket and CPU socket should match to indicate the CPU is compatible with the motherboard and will fit into it
Integrated GPUIntel HD Graphics 2000 DesktopThe integrated GPU in tandem with a compatible motherboard can provide basic graphical utility without the need of a graphics card
Unlocked MultipliernoAn unlocked clock multiplier means you can adjust the multiplier for an overclocking speed boost

Core i3-2120 3.3GHz compatibility review

Overall, the Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz has exceptional performance. Its 2 cores clocked at 3.3 GHz provide extremely swift processing speeds but allow few processes to be run simultaneously.

The CPU is now over 8 years old, which means it is extremely out of date and is based on very aged technologies. This processor will be dwarfed in performance by its modern counterparts, and will likely have very little support from Intel.

Created with lithographic technology sized at 32 nanometers, the Core i3-2120 3.3GHz is quite efficiently built, and with a Thermal Design Power of 65W the amount of power necessary to run is not excessive.

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  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
    60
    15 Days
    100
    Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
    40
    Max Payne 3
    45
    Dead Space II
    60
    Assassins Creed: Brotherhood
    25
  • Call of Duty 7
    50
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
    60
    Mafia 2
    40
    Dead Space
    60
    Fifa 13
    200
    Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
    55
  • League of Legends: Clash of Fates
    60
    Tom Clancy: Ghost Recon Future Soldier
    20
    Counter-Strike: Source
    60
    Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
    110
    Max Payne 3
    42
    StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
    60
  • Tom Clancy: Ghost Recon Future Soldier
    40
    Diablo III
    60
    Fifa 13
    61
    Limbo
    60
    Left 4 Dead 2
    60
    Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad
    65
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Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Predicted Frames per second

Game name Frames per second
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 123
Watch Dogs 43
Minecraft 138
Assassins Creed 4 Black Flag 30
Grid Racedriver 2 55
Far Cry 4 43
Far Cry 3 45
Battlefield 3 57
The Elder Scrolls V 45
Max Payne 3 48
Modern Warfare 3 50
Crysis 3 35
Assassins Creed 3 31
Sleeping Dogs 44
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain 30
Tomb Raider 55
Borderlands 2 53
Mad Max 55
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