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AMD FX-4100 Vs Core i3-2120

– AMD’s FX-4100 bulldozer is a 2 module 4 core processor that competes well with the Intel’s Core i3-2120 in CPU performance.
– The FX-4100 is quad core counting the way AMD does it. It actually has two modules and each module has one Floating point unit and two Integer processing cores. Since in real life, the repetitive loops mostly consist of integer looping, AMD’s arrangement provides better real life computing performance.
– The FX-4100 also provides turbo functionality missing in the Core i3-2120. This further improves the FX-4100.

– The Core i3-2120 however comes with integrated graphics missing in FX-4100. Though the performance of the HD Graphics 3000, ( the integrated GPU in core i3-2120) is not great for high end gaming, it is decent enough for a smooth display.

Table : AMD FX-4100 Vs Core i3-2120 Feature Differences

Feature AMD FX-4100 Core i3-2120
Core Frequency 3.60 GHz 3.30 GHz
No. Of Cores 4 2 (4 Hyperthreads)
Cache Organization 8 MB L3, 4 MB L2 3 MB L3 Smart Cache
Turbo Frequency 2-core 3.8 GHz, 4-core 3.7 GHz No Turbo
TDP Rating 95 Watts 65 Watts
64 Bit Support Y Y
Lithography 32 nm 32 nm
Integrated Memory Controller DDR3-1866 DDR3-1333
Integrated Graphics None Yes, Base 850 MHz, Turbo 1.10 GHz


Table : AMD FX-4100 Vs Core i3-2120 Benchmarking Comparison

Benchmarks AMD FX-4100 Core i3-2120
PassMark CPU Mark Score
4287 3960
Super Pi 2M (Lower in better)
Not available Not available
3D Mark 06 CPU


4102 3920
Windows 7 Experience Score
7.2 7.6


Some more details of AMD FX-4100

AMD’s FX 4100 is a popular quad core processor, getting popular with its unlocked multiplier. Its larger cache and higher clock frequency give you extreme performance. You may like to check its performance compared to the Sandy Bridge processors from Intel or the AMD’s Phenom processors. You want to make sure that the kind of applications you run can take

Some more details of Core i3-2120

The Core i3-2120 is the second generation Intel Core i3 processor ( Also calles Sandy Bridge Processor) improving significantly upon the architecture that evolved from Arrandale. Although turbo boost is not available in the core i3-2120 ( The newer turbo 2.0 technology, that increases the time for which processor can be in the boosted state, is available only on the second generation core i5 and i7 processors), the processor still shows significant perdormance improvement over similarly clocked 1st generation core i3 processor. The more significant improvement has been in the area of integrated graphics unit.


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One Response

  1. baddaman5 says:

    FX 4100 overclocked Blows the i3 away in gaming performance easily

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