Core i3-3220 Vs i3-2120 first benchmarks comparison leaked (All in one Review)

The last branch of Intel's Ivy Bridge CPUs is available on the market and ready for the benchs, the core i3 third generation promise a great performance for a reasonable price tag thanks to the new 22nm process technology used inside, so at this new "all in one review" we will concentrate on the released Intel Core i3-3220 CPU which is already tested on more than one location, put it in a comparative with the exact previous reference i3-2120 from the second generation Intel's Sandy Bridge CPUs which are based on the 32nm process technology.

Ivy Bridge architecture, Whats new ?
"Ivy Bridge" is the latest and third generation of Intel Core processor packing the i3/i5/i7 series, the new generation is labled ix-3xxx on the three series and is based on the new 22nm process technology wich promise a lower TDP and higher performance and higher frequency achievements.

The new architecture also use the tri-gate ("3D") transistors which use a 3-D built transistor fabrication allowing up to 37% higher speed, or a power consumption at under 50% of the previous type of transistors used by Intel, the new processors require a LGA 1155 socket and the latest series 7 chipset or a BIOS upgrade for some X6 intel's chipsets, the new generation promise from 5 to 15% of performance improvement over the precedent generaion in CPU.

New features on Ivy Bridge:
  • Tri-gate transistor ("3-D") technology.
  • PCI Express 3.0 support.
  • Intel HD Graphics with DirectX 11.
  • RAM support up to 2800 MT/s
  • USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0 ready.

Core i3 Ivy Bridge box

Intel Core i3-3220 specifications:
The i3-3220 got the same specifications as the precedent generation with no turbo boost features, 3MB of cache, the same 3.3Ghz frequency and the same HD2500 graphics chip.

CPU-Z specifications:

Intel Core i3-2120 specifications:

Processor Number
Clock Speed
3.3 GHz
Intel Smart Cache
3 MB
Bus/Core Ratio
5 GT/s
Instruction Set
Instruction Set Extensions
SSE4.1/4.2, AVX
Embedded Options Available
32 nm
65 W
Processor Graphics
Intel® HD Graphics 2000
Memory Types

CPU-Z specs:

Benchmarks selection

Passmark CPU mark Relative score benchmark result:
CineBench benchmark result:
WPrime 32 Benchmark comparison:
Full review

Gaming, 3DMark Vantage benchmark:
Full review

Gaming, Resident Evil 5 Benchmark score @1280 resolution:
Full review

Max Payen 3 benchmark results:
Full review
For only 129$, this CPU can do the job and more, more than perfect for HTPC and a green chip that love nature, you can share your thought on this new generation.


Here are some official benchmarks leaked from Intel, comparing the i3-3220 versus the i3-2120 CPU with different benchmarking softwares, the difference between the two processors is clear, the i3-3220 reach up to twice the performance of the precedent generation i3-2120 according to Intel make it a big deal for your wallet.

Test configuration:
Motherboard: Intel DH67BL motherboard.
Graphics: Integrated Intel HD Graphics 2000.
Memory: 4GB (2x2GB) dual channel Micron DDR3 1333 9-9-9-24 Memory.
Hard Disk: Seagate ST31000528AS Barracuda 1TB 32MB cache 7200 RPM.
Operating System: Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate x64

SysMark 2012 benchmark:

CineBench R11.5 benchmark result

Media Espresso benchmark result

i3-3220 Vs i3-2120 Integrated HD 2500 graphics comparison 3DMark Vantage :
i3-3220 Vs i3-2120 Integrated HD 2500 graphics comparison

3DMark Vantage Benchmark result:
Also bellow another 3DMark Vantage benchmark test result courtesy of

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Core i3-3220 Vs i3-2120 first benchmarks comparison leaked (All in one Review) Core i3-3220 Vs i3-2120 first benchmarks comparison leaked (All in one Review) Reviewed by Mhr on 00:08 Rating: 5


  1. jeff14:53

    good review!

  2. Ely Gutierrez17:16

    I was supposedly "upgraded" to an i3 2120 from a 3220 for $1.00 by a dealer, did shoot myself in the foot? Reading up on you article the 3220 was a better choice.


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