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Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA) vs Pentium 2117U

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Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA) advantages

  • The i3-3120M incorporates Hyper-Threading feature, which allows this microprocessor to process twice as many threads.
  • Higher operating frequency of the CPU helps it to achieve better performance in most tasks.
  • The Intel Core i3-3120M has AVX and F16C instructions enabled. These extensions are not extensively used in applications yet, however their support should improve in future apps.
  • The i3-3120M processor uses Socket G2. The microprocessor can be removed from the socket without trouble for replacement or upgrade.

Intel Pentium 2117U advantages

  • The Intel 2117U microprocessor is 51% more energy efficient than the Intel Core i3-3120M.

i3-3120M vs 2117U specifications comparison

The graphs below compare the most important Intel 2117U and Core i3-3120M characteristics. These features, along with an IPC (instructions per cycle) number, determine how well a CPU performs. The "Number of cores / threads" graph shows the number of cores (darker area). Lighter area on the graph represents the number of extra threads, offered by Hyper-Threading technology. Darker area on the "On-chip cache" graph is for the On-chip L2 cache. Lighter area is for the L3 cache cache. While 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
 
1.8GHz
 
 
Higher is better
On-chip L2 + L3 cache
4000
3200
2400
1600
800
0
 
 
3584KB
 
2560KB
 
 
Higher is better
Thermal Design Power
40
32
24
16
8
0
 
 
35W
 
17W
 
 
Lower is better

  - Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA)       - Intel Pentium 2117U

Detailed side by side comparison of Core i3-3120M (PGA) vs 2117U specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

Core i3-3120M (PGA) Pentium 2117U
General recommendations:
Executes more simultaneous threads,
Higher base frequency,
Features AVX / F16C instructions,
The processor is upgreadable
  General recommendations:
Significantly lower power

Drawbacks:

Requires considerably more power
 

Drawbacks:

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

Similar processors

Core i3-3120M (PGA) Pentium 2117U
 

Similar microprocessors use the same socket and architecture as i3-3120M and Intel 2117U, but their performance and other characteristics are slightly different.

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Specifications

Please visit Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA) and Intel Pentium 2117U pages for more detailed specifications of both microprocessors.

 Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA)Intel Pentium 2117U
Market segmentMobile
ManufacturerIntel
FamilyCore i3 MobilePentium Dual-Core Mobile
Basic details
Model numberi3-3120M2117U
CPU part numberAW8063801111700AV8063801058800
Introduction dateSeptember 30, 2012
 
CPU features
Core nameIvy Bridge
MicroarchitectureIvy Bridge
Technology (micron)0.022
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket G2BGA1023
Frequency (MHz)25001800
Clock Multiplier2518
L1 cache64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)512
L3 cache (KB)30722048
Max temperature (°C)90105
TDP (Watt)3517
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+
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeHD 4000HD (Ivy Bridge)
Base frequency (MHz)650350
Maximum frequency (MHz)11001000
The number of supported displays3
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers1
Memory channels2
Supported memoryDDR3-1333, DDR3-1600, DDR3L-1333, DDR3L-1600, DDR3L-RS 1333, DDR3L-RS 1600
Maximum memory bandwidth (GB/s)25.6
Notes:

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For detailed specifications of "Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA)" or "Intel Pentium 2117U" parts please click on the links in the table header.

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