Intel Core i5-2500S vs. Intel Core i3-2120

CPU comparison with benchmarks

Intel Core i5-2500S CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i3-2120
Intel Core i5-2500S Intel Core i3-2120
Intel Core i5 Family Intel Core i3
Intel Core i 2000 CPU group Intel Core i 2000
2 Generation 2
Sandy Bridge S Architecture Sandy Bridge S
Desktop / Server Segment Desktop / Server
-- Predecessor --
-- Successor --

CPU Cores and Base FrequencyCPU Cores and Base Frequency

4 Cores 2
4 Threads 4
2.70 GHz Frequency 3.30 GHz
3.70 GHz Turbo (1 Core)
Turbo (All Cores)
normal Core architecture normal
No Hyperthreading Yes
No Overclocking ? No

Internal GraphicsInternal Graphics

Intel HD Graphics 2000 GPU Intel HD Graphics 2000
0.85 GHz GPU frequency 0.85 GHz
1.10 GHz GPU (Turbo) 1.10 GHz
6 GPU Generation 6
32 nm Technology 32 nm
2 Max. displays 2
6 Execution units 6
48 Shader 48
Max. GPU Memory
10.1 DirectX Version 10.1

Hardware codec supportHardware codec support

No Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) No
No Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) No
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode / Encode
No Codec VP9 No
No Codec VP8 No
No Codec AV1 No
Decode / Encode Codec AVC Decode / Encode
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
No Codec JPEG No

Memory & PCIeMemory & PCIe

DDR3-1333 Memory DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333
32 GB Max. Memory 32 GB
2 Memory channels 2
L2 Cache
6.00 MB L3 Cache 3.00 MB
2.0 PCIe version 2.0
16 PCIe lanes 16

Thermal ManagementThermal Management

65 W TDP (PL1) 65 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. --

Technical detailsTechnical details

32 nm Technology 32 nm
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX
LGA 1155 Socket LGA 1155
VT-x, VT-x EPT Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT
Yes AES-NI Yes
Q1/2011 Release date Q1/2011
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iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.

Intel Core i5-2500S Intel Core i5-2500S
Intel HD Graphics 2000 @ 1.10 GHz
106 (100%)
Intel Core i3-2120 Intel Core i3-2120
Intel HD Graphics 2000 @ 1.10 GHz
106 (100%)
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Devices using this processorDevices using this processor

Intel Core i5-2500S Intel Core i3-2120
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