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AMD FX-6100 Vs Core i3-2120

– The FX-6100 is a bulldozer processor from AMD, while the Core i3-2120 is a Sandy Bridge processor.
– Both the processors are clocked identically at 3.3 GHz, however,
– The FX-6100 is a hex core processor ( as per AMD’s terminology for number of cores) while the Core i3-2120 is a dual core processor with Hyperthreading support.
– With larger number of cores, the FX-6100 is much better in processor performance and is more suitable for games that need CPU intensive tasks.
– The Core i3-2120 comes with integrated graphics ( HD Graphics 2000), while the FX-6100 does not come with any integrated graphics. The graphics performance of the i3-2120 is not great for gaming ( though still good for a fluid display). You will need a graphics card anyway, if you plan to play any fast moving game.

Table : AMD FX-6100 Vs Core i3-2120 Feature Differences

Feature AMD FX-6100 Core i3-2120
Core Frequency 3.30 GHz 3.30 GHz
No. Of Cores 6 2 (4 Hyperthreads)
Cache Organization 8 MB L3, 6 MB L2 3 MB L3 Smart Cache
Turbo Frequency 3-core 3.9 GHz, 6-core 3.6 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-6100 Vs Core i3-2120 Benchmarking Comparison

Benchmarks AMD FX-6100 Core i3-2120
PassMark CPU Mark Score
5696 3960
Super Pi 2M (Lower in better)
Not available Not available
3D Mark 06 CPU
4471 3920
Windows 7 Experience Score
7.4 7.6


Some more details of AMD FX-6100

AMD’s FX 6100 has six cores and you will need to take advantage of all the six cores to appreciate the performance of this processor.

Some more details of Core i3-2120

The Core i3-2120 is the second generation Intel Core i3 processor ( Also called 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 performance improvement over similarly clocked 1st generation core i3 processor. The more significant improvement has been in the area of integrated graphics unit.

Further Suggested Readings

The Core i3-2120 belongs to Sandy Bridge. Check out the Sandy Bridge Architecture.

Since FX-6100 belongs to Bulldozer Series, we recommend that you take a looks at the Bulldozer Architecture.

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