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Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA) vs Mobile Celeron N2820

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Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA) advantages

  • One of the distinctive features of the Core i3-3120M is Hyper-Threading technology, which doubles the number of threads that the processor can run simultaneously.
  • Operating frequency of the i3-3120M is higher than the frequency of the Intel Mobile Celeron N2820.
  • AVX and F16C instructions are enabled on this microprocessor. While these extensions are not extensively used by programs yet, their support should improve in future applications.
  • The CPU utilizes Socket G2. The microprocessor can be removed from the socket without effort for replacement or upgrade.

Intel Mobile Celeron N2820 advantages

  • The Intel N2820 processor is 79% more energy efficient than the i3-3120M.

i3-3120M vs N2820 specifications comparison

The graphs below compare the most important Intel Mobile Celeron N2820 and Core i3-3120M characteristics. These features, along with an IPC (instructions per cycle) number, determine how well a microprocessor performs. The "Number of cores / threads" graph displays the number of cores (darker area). Lighter area on the graph represents the number of additional threads, offered by Hyper-Threading technology. The "Operating frequency" chart uses dark color to represent base frequency, whereas lighter area is for extra frequency, provided by Turbo feature. Darker area on the "On-chip cache" graph is for the On-chip L2 cache. Lighter area is for the L3 cache cache. Although the L3 cache cache is usually larger than the On-chip L2 cache, it is always slower.

The number of cores / threads
5
4
3
2
1
0
 
 
4
 
2
 
 
Higher is better
Operating frequency
3
2.4
1.8
1.2
0.6
0
 
 
2.5GHz
 
2.39GHz
 
 
Higher is better
On-chip L2 + L3 cache
4000
3200
2400
1600
800
0
 
 
3584KB
 
1024KB
 
 
Higher is better
Thermal Design Power
40
32
24
16
8
0
 
 
35W
 
7.5W
 
 
Lower is better

  - Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA)       - Intel Mobile Celeron N2820

Detailed side by side comparison of Intel i3-3120M vs Intel N2820 specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

Core i3-3120M (PGA) Mobile Celeron N2820
General recommendations:
Handles more simultaneous threads,
Has higher base frequency,
Supports AVX / F16C instructions,
The CPU is upgreadable
  General recommendations:
Much lower power

Drawbacks:

Needs much more power
 

Drawbacks:

Executes fewer threads,
Has lower base frequency,
Does not support some instructions,
Can not be upgraded or replaced

Similar processors

Core i3-3120M (PGA) Mobile Celeron N2820
 

Similar CPUs use the same socket and architecture as Core i3-3120M (PGA) and N2820.

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Specifications

Please visit Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA) and Intel Mobile Celeron N2820 pages for more detailed specifications of both microprocessors.

 Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA)Intel Mobile Celeron N2820
Market segmentMobile
ManufacturerIntel
FamilyCore i3 MobileMobile Celeron
Basic details
Model numberi3-3120MN2820
CPU part numberAW8063801111700FH8065301616603
Introduction dateSeptember 30, 2012November 3, 2013
Current official price $107 (as of Jan 2014)
 
CPU features
Core nameIvy BridgeBay Trail-M
Platform name Bay Trail-M
MicroarchitectureIvy BridgeSilvermont
Technology (micron)0.022
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket G2BGA1170
Frequency (MHz)25002133
Turbo Frequency (MHz) 2390
Clock Multiplier25 
L1 cache64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)64 KB (code) / 48 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)5121024
L3 cache (KB)3072 
Max temperature (°C)90105
TDP (Watt)357.5
Core voltage (V) 0.4 - 1.14
Cores2
Threads42
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
AVX / Advanced Vector Extensions+-
F16C / 16-bit Floating-Point conversion+-
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1+
SSE4.2+
SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3+
 
Supported technologies
Hyper-Threading+-
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Turbo Core / Turbo Boost-+
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeHD 4000HD (Ivy Bridge)
Base frequency (MHz)650311
Maximum frequency (MHz)1100756
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers1
Memory channels2
Supported memoryDDR3-1333, DDR3-1600DDR3L-1066
Maximum memory bandwidth (GB/s)25.617
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For detailed specifications of "Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA)" or "Intel Mobile Celeron N2820" parts please click on the links in the table header.

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