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Intel Core i3 2120 Review



The integrated GPU used in the i3 2120 is Intel's HD 2000 graphics engine. Equipped with six execution units, or half of the compliment seen with the HD 3000 GPU used on the i5 2500K, the performance is going to be less than what is offered with a K-SKU or select i3 models, such as the i3 2125.


Testing Setup: Intel Core i3/i5 Socket 1155


Testing Setup: AMD Socket FM1




Batman Arkham Asylum Settings:

  • 0x AA in CP
  • 0x AF in CP
  • Global settings = Low
  • Ambient Occlusion = Off




To further put the HD 2000 graphics to the test, I overclocked the IGP from 800MHz to 1350MHz and measured the performance increase over the baseline number in Futuremark 3DMark Vantage. The results show that there is a benefit to pushing the clock speeds on the IGP.


As can be seen in the Batman testing, the HD 2000 graphics engine is capable of playing Batman with reasonable frame rates when the eye candy and resolution are turned down. AMD's solution proves stronger here, delivering performance on par with that of the HD 3000 graphics engine used in the i5 2500K. Overclocking the HD 2000 GPU does pay dividends, but most people probably wont bother.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Specifications & Features
  3. Testing:Setup & Overclocking
  4. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, Geekbench, Bibble 5
  5. Testing: Office 2007, POV-Ray
  6. Testing: Sisoft Sandra 2011
  7. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HD Tune, PCMark 7
  8. Testing: Aliens vs. Predator
  9. Testing: Sid Meier's Civilization V
  10. Testing: Batman: Arkham Asylum
  11. Testing: Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
  12. Testing: IGP testing
  13. Conclusion
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