Intel Core i3-3120M is a low mid-range processor announced in Q3 of 2012. It is part of the “Ivy Bridge” generation and operates at a base frequency of 2.5GHz. Unlike its “bigger brethren” of the Core i5 and Core i7 families, i3-3120M does not sport the TurboBoost functionality, prohibiting it from overclocking its cores during periods of higher loads.
The chip is equipped with 128KB of first level cache, 512KB of second level cache, and 3MB of third level cache. The Core i3-3120M has been developed using a 22nm process, allowing for the integration of the Intel HD Graphics 4000 controller. It operates at a base frequency of 650MHz, while Turbo Boost can increase that to 1100MHz. Power consumption of the whole system on a chip is 35 watts, with a maximum operating temperature of 90C. The processor also comes in a BGA variation, allowing it to be soldered onto motherboards. That version can withstand a temperature of 105C.
Intel Core i3-3120M supports HyperThreading (additional virtual core for every physical one), PCI Express 2.0, up to 32GB of DDR3L/-RS 1333/1600 memory and the SSE4 instruction set.
Intel Core i3-3120M - technical specifications
|Core / Architecture||Ivy Bridge|
|Base CPU frequency||2.5 GHz|
|Number of cores||2|
|Integrated GPU||Intel HD Graphics 4000|
|Base GPU frequency||650 MHz|
|L1 cache||128 KB|
|L3 cache||3072 KB|
|Manufacturing process||22 nm|
|Memory channels||DDR3/L/-RS 1333/1600|
|Max Memory||32 GB|
|Date of announcement||01 October 2012|
|Instructions type||64 bits|
|Max. CPU frequency||2.5 GHz|
|LL cache||3072 KB|
|Max. GPU frequency||1100 MHz|
|L2 cache||512 KB|
|Max. operating temperature||105 °C|
|Max. speed memory bandwith||25.6 GB/s|
|Supported technologies||Intel® HD Graphics 4000, DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync Virtualization, AES-NI, Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology, Intel® VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT), Intel® TSX-NI, Intel® 64, Idle States, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology, Thermal Monitoring Technologies, Intel® Identity Protection Technology.|