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.
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.
- A Pure Gaming Machine
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Assembling Our Budget-Oriented Beast
- Making The Most Of Limited Overclocking
- Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3 And StarCraft II
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 3 And The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Benchmark Results: Crysis And Just Cause 2
- Benchmark Results: F1 2010 And Metro 2033
- Benchmark Results: Audio/Video
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Performance Summary And Efficiency
- Is It Unbalanced, Or Right For Gaming?