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CPU And Cooler

System Builder Marathon, March 2012: $650 Gaming PC

Processor: Intel Core i3-2120

Each of the Core i3-2120’s two physical cores is cable of managing two threads at the same time thanks to Intel’s Hyper-Threading technology.

This 32 nm, LGA 1155-compatible, Sandy Bridge-based chip runs at a respectable 3.3 GHz, has 2 x 256 KB L2 caches, a shared 3 MB L3 cache, a fixed clock ratio, and a distinct lack of Turbo Boost technology, putting it in an entirely different league as the pricier Core i5-2400 used last quarter.

Read Customer Reviews of Intel's Core i3-2120

CPU Cooler: Intel Retail Boxed Heatsink And Fan

The boxed cooler that comes with Intel's Core i3-2120 consists of a rather familiar orb-style aluminum heatsink, a low-speed PWM-controlled fan, and a push-pin mounting bracket. There's nothing fancy here, but it's certainly sufficient given this platform's inability to overclock.

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