Intel Core i3-2120T Dual-Core Processor 2.6 GHz 3 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80623I32120T
- Product Type/`Processor`
- Clock Speed/`2.60 GHz`
- Processor Socket/`Socket H2 LGA-1155`
- Brand Name/`Intel`
- L3 Cache/`3 MB`
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The 2nd Generation Intel Core processor family desktop is the next generation of 64-bit, multi-core desktop processor built on 32- nanometer process technology. Based on a new micro-architecture, the processor is designed for a two-chip platform consisting of a processor and Platform Controller Hub (PCH). The platform enables higher performance, lower cost, easier validation, and improved x-y footprint. The processor includes Integrated Display Engine, Processor Graphics, and Integrated Memory Controller. The processor is designed for desktop platforms. It supports up to 12 Processor Graphics execution units (EUs). The processor is offered in an 1155-land LGA package.
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The PC with this CPU is very responsive and I never hear the fan in the PC. Great CPU for this purpose. I will try playing games and update the review related to CPU performance when I am able.
Habey EMC 600BL Case
4GB OCZ Gold DDR3 RAM
Crucial M4 128 GB SSD
Intel BOXDH61DLB3 Mini ITX Motherboard
Total power draw of the system is about 25 watts idle at around 35 degrees C, and about 45-50 watts under load (around 45-50 degrees C), measured with a Kill-A-Watt.
The processor is well powerful enough to handle just about any productivity software, such as the Office suite, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. I haven't tried any video editing on it nor Lightroom. In terms of gaming, I am actually able to play Starcraft 2 with the integrated graphics, although at low settings.
The system has been very stable, and runs for months at a time without any crashes or need to restart.
I highly recommend this CPU if you're looking for a fair amount of performance with minimal power draw.
Good for a desktop machine. Great for a low-power server, too; this i3 supports ECC RAM, which means you can plug it in to a socket-1155 server motherboard, without spending several times more on a Xeon E3.
The only feature that I wish this CPU had, and the reason I like instead of love it: this CPU does not have 'aesni' (AES Native Instructions) support. When I'm pushing files over SCP or SFTP to a Linux server with this CPU on my LAN, I actually hit 100% CPU before I max out my network capacity.
this was an upgrade from an atom d525 and it doesn't consume much more power, but is much more capable in serving my NAS needs.
I paired up this processor with an Asus H77 ITX board. The board is capable of handling ivy bridge as well as sandy so I figured this would give me a few extra years of for just the board.
I bought the i3-2120T (and an Asrock H67M-ITX motherboard) to replace the AMD Athlon X2 3800+ (circa 2006) in my HTPC whose motherboard had died. I use the HTPC primarily for Windows Media Center, and my goal was to achieve a similar level of performance, with a reduced power footprint, while being quiet.
I'm impressed. Startup time is quicker, the Media Center interface is more responsive, and the HD2000 integrated graphics seem to handle watching live TV, recorded TV, and DVDs just fine.
The stock cooler is pretty loud when it's on full blast. However, the Asrock motherboard BIOS allows you to set a minimum initial fan level. I set the target to Level 1 (the lowest) and it's now virtually silent, only ramping up when the CPU gets hot.
This setup runs 24 watts idle and 30 watts under build loads. This is not much more that similarly configured Atom servers we have here. It has MUCH more power than the Atom servers.
Performance per watt you cannot beat it.
Runs Win7 + VM very nicely on 8GB of ram.