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Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 vs Core i3-2120

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Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 advantages



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Intel Core i3-2120 advantages



Intel Core i3-2120
  • In single-threaded applications, this processor is about 42% faster.
  • Multi-threaded performance of the Core i3-2120 CPU is higher.
  • In memory-intensive tasks, the microprocessor is 104% faster.
  • The Intel i3-2120 has SSE4.2 instructions.
  • The i3-2120 incorporates AVX instructions, that appeared in modern microprocessors not too far ago. While these extensions are not extensively supported by programs yet, their support should improve in future applications.
  • The Intel Core i3-2120 features integrated HD 2000 GPU. This graphics replaces low-end graphics card, and thus lowers the cost of the system.

E7500 vs i3-2120 performance comparison

The charts below illustrate relative performance of Core 2 Duo E7500 and Core i3-2120 CPUs in several different kinds of tasks. The numbers in the charts are calculated from a number of benchmarks, that you can see in the "Benchmarks" tab. As such, performance in individual benchmarks may be lower or higher than what you see in the charts below. The 'Overall performance' shows an average of all-around performance benchmarks, and benchmarks, specific to each task type.
Single-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.42
 
 
Higher is better
Multi-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.74
 
 
Higher is better
Memory-intensive applications
3
2.4
1.8
1.2
0.6
0
 
 
1
 
2.04
 
 
Higher is better
Overall performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.7
 
 
Higher is better

  - Intel Core 2 Duo E7500       - Intel Core i3-2120

Exhaustive list of benchmarks, that show difference in performance between Intel E7500 and Intel Core i3-2120 in various types of applications, can be seen in the "Benchmarks" tab.


E7500 vs i3-2120 power consumption comparison

Thermal Design Power
80
64
48
32
16
0
 
 
65W
 
65W
 
 
Lower is better
 

Detailed side by side comparison of Core 2 Duo E7500 vs Intel i3-2120 specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab. Much more detailed comparison of low level features of both processors is located in the "CPUIDs" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

Core 2 Duo E7500 Core i3-2120
General recommendations:
None
  General recommendations:
Performs considerably better in all types of programs,
Supports SSE4.2 / AVX instructions,
Comes with HD 2000 GPU

Drawbacks:

Considerably slower overall performance,
Does not support some instructions,
Lacks on-chip graphics,
The socket is obsolete
 

Drawbacks:

None

Similar processors

Core 2 Duo E7500 Core i3-2120
 

Similar microprocessors use the same socket and architecture as Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 and Core i3-2120, however their performance and other characteristics are slightly different.


Where to buy


The CPUs are no longer manufactured. For that reason the best place to search for them is eBay. They may also be available from third party sellers at Amazon.
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Specifications

Please visit Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 and Intel Core i3-2120 pages for more detailed specifications of both microprocessors.

 Intel Core 2 Duo E7500Intel Core i3-2120
Market segmentDesktop
ManufacturerIntel
FamilyCore 2 DuoCore i3
Basic details
Model numberE7500i3-2120
CPU part numberAT80571PH0773M
AT80571PH0773ML
CM8062301044204
Box part numberBX80571E7500
BXC80571E7500
BX80623I32120
BXC80623I32120
Introduction dateJanuary 18, 2009February 20, 2011
 
CPU features
Core nameWolfdaleSandy Bridge
MicroarchitectureCoreSandy Bridge
Technology (micron)0.0450.032
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket 775Socket 1155
Frequency (MHz)29333300
Bus speed (MHz)1066 
Clock Multiplier1133
L1 cache64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)3072512
L3 cache (KB) 3072
Max temperature (°C)74.169.1
TDP (Watt)65
Max power dissipation (Watt)98.89 
Core voltage (V)0.85 - 1.3625 
Cores2
Threads24
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
AVX / Advanced Vector Extensions-+
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1+
SSE4.2-+
SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3+
 
Supported technologies
Hyper-Threading-+
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeNoneHD 2000
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers01
Notes:

Rows with different specifications or features are highlighted.

For detailed specifications of "Intel Core 2 Duo E7500" or "Intel Core i3-2120" parts please click on the links in the table header.

Benchmarks

System setup

Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 and Core i3-2120 processors were tested using different system components, that are identified by MB, RAM and VID columns in the tables below. The numbers in each of these columns correspond to one of motherboards (MB), memory configurations (RAM) or graphics adapters (VID), listed below:

MB - Motherboard(s):
1. ASUS P8P67
2. ASROCK 4CORE1600TWINS-P35
3. ASUS P8H61-M

RAM - Memory:
1. 2 GB DUAL-CHANNEL CORSAIR TR3X3G1600C9 DDR3
2. 2 GB DUAL-CHANNEL CORSAIR CM3X1024-1333C9 DDR3

VID - Video card(s):
1. MSI R6670 1GB GDDR5 (ATI RADEON)
2. POWERCOLOR 24PRO256M DDR2 (ATI RADEON HD2400)
3. INTEGRATED ON-CHIP INTEL SANDY BRIDGE GRAPHICS

All tests were performed at default frequency and voltage, using manufacturer's stock fan/heatsink. None of the components were overclocked. Motherboard BIOS options were left at default settings.

The results of all benchmarks are broken into four categories: multi-threaded, single-threaded, memory intensive and graphics / gaming.


Core 2 Duo E7500 vs Core i3-2120 single-threaded benchmarks

Single-threaded benchmarks run on a single CPU core, and do not depend on such features as the number of cores, or Hyper-Threading technology. Additionally, they do not utilize on-chip caches, dedicated to other cores.

     

    Intel Core 2 Duo E7500           Intel Core i3-2120

3DMark03 CPU score benchmark

Uses DirectX software vertex shader to run Wings of Fury and Trolls' Lair games, and calculates a 3DMark03 CPU score based on averaged number of frames per second, achieved by the CPU/GPU combination.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
57.8%222
44.4%323

CINEBENCH R10 CPU score (1 core) benchmark

Measures performance of a single-core rendering of a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.3%323
73.0%222

PCMark2002 CPU score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.7%323
85.1%222

Super PI (1M) benchmark

Measures time, required to calculate the first 1 million digits after the decimal point in the number Pi.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.5%323
67.5%222


Core 2 Duo E7500 vs Core i3-2120 multi-threaded benchmarks

Multi-threaded benchmarks utilize all CPU cores and other on-chip resources (on-chip caches, internal buffers, etc). Intel's Hyper-Threading feature also helps to improve multi-threading performance.

     

    Intel Core 2 Duo E7500           Intel Core i3-2120

CINEBENCH R10 CPU score benchmark

Measures performance of multi-core rendering of a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.4%323
62.0%222

CINEBENCH R10 render time (seconds) benchmark

Measures time taken to render a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.4%323
62.0%222

Euler3D benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%323
98.9%111
54.5%222

Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) benchmark

Runs Dhrystone test on all cores, and reports estimated integer performance in MIPS (Millions of Instructions Per Second).
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.9%323
74.1%222

Sandra MultiMedia Floating Point (it/s) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
98.9%323
52.5%222

    Intel Core 2 Duo E7500           Intel Core i3-2120

Sandra MultiMedia Integer (it/s) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.4%323
88.5%222

Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) benchmark

Runs Whetstone test on all cores, and reports estimated floating-point performance in MFLOPS (Millions of Floating-Point Operations Per Second).
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.7%323
55.7%222

Sandra Whetstone SSE2 (MFLOPS) benchmark

Runs SSE2-enabled Whetstone test on all cores, and reports estimated floating-point performance in MFLOPS (Millions of Floating-Point Operations Per Second).
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.7%323
49.9%222

wPrime v1.55 (32M) benchmark

wPrime benchmark measures time taken to calculate square roots of numbers from 1 to 33554431.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.7%323
54.8%222


Core 2 Duo E7500 vs Core i3-2120 graphics benchmarks

Graphics benchmarks depend on the type of integrated or discrete graphics adapter, and to less extent on the processor performance. Because these benchmarks are synthetic, they may not truly represent gaming performance. However, they still can be used to estimate whether one processor will perform faster or slower than another CPU in games and other 3D tasks.

Important! The processors were tested using different types of graphics adapters, that may not be suitable for comparison.
     

    Intel Core 2 Duo E7500           Intel Core i3-2120

3DMark03 game score benchmark

Measures graphics and 3D game performance of discrete and integrated GPUs using 4 different game simulations, that have varying level of DirectX support from version 7 to version 9.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
20.2%323
8.9%222

3DMark2001 score benchmark

Runs a series of game simulations and feature tests to measure graphics and 3D game performance of discrete and integrated GPUs. It utilizes a single CPU core, and it is compatible with DirectX 8 and later APIs.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
31.2%323
22.5%222

CINEBENCH R10 OpenGL score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
28.6%222
22.8%323


Core 2 Duo E7500 vs Core i3-2120 memory performance

Memory-intensive tests or programs move large amounts of data to/from memory, and they depend more on memory throughput and the size of on-chip caches, rather than on CPU integer/FP/SIMD performance.

     

    Intel Core 2 Duo E7500           Intel Core i3-2120

7Zip compressing/decompressing speed (1 thread) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%222
86.4%111
85.8%323

PCMark2002 Memory score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
98.4%323
75.6%222

WinRAR compressing/decompressing speed benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%323
99.9%111
49.1%222

CPUIDs

The table below compares two random CPUID records for Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 and Intel Core i3-2120 microprocessors, that were submitted to our CPUID database. Please note that different steppings of Intel processors, identified by S-spec numbers or CPUID, may have slightly different features. For that reason the comparison table below only applies to CPUs with specific S-Spec number / CPUID.

  CPUID 1 CPUID 2
ManufacturerIntel
CPU FamilyCore 2 DuoCore i3
Model / Processor NumberE7500i3-2120
Frequency2139 MHz3310 MHz
CWID version0.30.4
Part numberAT80571PH0773MCM8062301044204
S-Spec / Stepping CodeSLB9ZSR05Y
 
General information
VendorGenuineIntel
Processor name (BIOS)Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7500 @ 2.93GHz Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz
Cores2
Logical processors24
Processor typeOriginal OEM Processor
CPUID signature1067A206A7
Family 6 (06h)
Model23 (017h)42 (02Ah)
Stepping10 (0Ah) 7 (07h)
TLB/Cache details64-byte Prefetching
Data TLB: 4-KB Pages, 4-way set associative, 256 entries
Data TLB: 4-MB Pages, 4-way set associative, 32 entries
Instruction TLB: 2-MB pages, 4-way, 8 entries or 4M pages, 4-way, 4 entries
Instruction TLB: 4-KB Pages, 4-way set associative, 128 entries
L1 Data TLB: 4-KB pages, 4-way set associative, 16 entries
L1 Data TLB: 4-MB pages, 4-way set associative, 16 entries
64-byte Prefetching
Data TLB0: 2-MB or 4-MB pages, 4-way set associative, 32 entries
Data TLB: 4-KB Pages, 4-way set associative, 64 entries
Instruction TLB: 4-KB pages, 4-way set associative, 64 entries
L2 TLB: 1-MB, 4-way set associative, 64-byte line size
Shared 2nd-level TLB: 4 KB pages, 4-way set associative, 512 entries
 
Cache
L1 data: Associativity8-way set associative
L1 data: Comments Direct-mapped
L1 data: Line size64 bytes
L1 data: Size32 KB2 x 32 KB
L1 instruction: Associativity8-way set associative
L1 instruction: Comments Direct-mapped
L1 instruction: Line size64 bytes
L1 instruction: Size32 KB2 x 32 KB
L2: Associativity8-way set associative
L2: Commentsunified on-dieNon-inclusive|Direct-mapped
L2: Line size64 bytes
L2: Size3 MB2 x 256 KB
L3: Associativity 12-way set associative
L3: Comments Inclusive|Shared between all cores
L3: Line size 64 bytes
L3: Size 3 MB
 
Instruction set extensions
AVX-+
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1+
SSE4.2-+
SSSE3+
 
Additional instructions
CLFLUSH+
CMOV+
CMPXCHG16B+
CMPXCHG8B+
FXSAVE/FXRSTORE+
MONITOR/MWAIT+
PCLMULDQ-+
POPCNT-+
RDTSCP-+
SYSENTER/SYSEXIT+
XSAVE/XRESTORE states+
 
Major features
64-bit / Intel 64+
Enhanced SpeedStep+
Hyper-Threading Technology-+
Intel Virtualization-+
NX bit/XD-bit-+
On-chip Floating Point Unit+
 
Other features
36-bit page-size extensions+
64-bit debug store+
Advanced programmable interrupt controller+
CPL qualified debug store+
Debug store+
Debugging extensions+
Digital Thermal Sensor capability+
LAHF/SAHF support in 64-bit mode+
Machine check architecture+
Machine check exception+
Memory-type range registers+
Model-specific registers+
Page attribute table+
Page global extension+
Page-size extensions (4MB pages)+
Pending break enable+
Perfmon and Debug capability+
Physical address extensions+
Power Limit Notification capability-+
Process context identifiers-+
Self-snoop+
TSC rate is ensured to be invariant across all states-+
Thermal monitor+
Thermal monitor 2+
Thermal monitor and software controlled clock facilities+
Time stamp counter+
Timestamp counter deadline-+
Virtual 8086-mode enhancements+
xTPR Update Control+
+ - feature is supported
- - feature is not supported
Features, not supported by all processors in the table, are not displayed

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