Intel Core i5-3550

Intel 3550

The Intel Core i5-3550 is a fast quad-core desktop processor based on the Ivy Bridge architecture. Each core offers a base speed of 3.3 GHz, but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.5 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.6 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.7 GHz (for 1 active core).

Ivy Bridge is an enhanced die shrink of the Sandy Bridge architecture with improvements on both GPU and CPU performance. The CPUs are produced in 22nm (versus 32nm Sandy Bridge CPUs) and are the first to introduce 3D transistors for increased energy efficiency when compared to similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processors. Other new features are integrated PCI Express 3.0 and  DDR3(L)-1600 support.

The performance of the Core i5-3550 is slightly above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to slight architectural improvements. Compared to AMD's fastest desktop CPU (FX-8350), the Core i5-3550 offers significantly higher performance per thread, but features less cores (4 instead of 8). Overall, the Core i5 is still slightly faster in most applications.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 2500 GPU offers 6 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 650 MHz up to 1150 MHz with Turbo Boost. The very low performance is only sufficient for some older and less demanding games.

The total power consumption of the CPU, graphics and memory controller is specified by Intel at 77 watts (TDP).

SeriesIntel Core i5 (Desktop)
CodenameIvy Bridge
Clock Rate3300 - 3700 MHz
Level 2 Cache1024 KB
Level 3 Cache6144 KB
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 4
Max. Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)77 Watt
Manufacturing Technology22 nm
Max. Temperature67.4 °C
SocketFCLGA1155
FeaturesHD Graphics 2500 (650-1150), SSE 4.1/4.2, AVX, Trusted Execution, AES, Dual Channel Memory Controller DDR3-1600 (max 32GB)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Hardware VirtualizationVT-d, VT-x
Starting Price $205 U.S.
Announcement Date04/23/2012
Product Link (external)Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 3550

CPU Benchmarks

3DMark (2013): Fire Strike Standard Physics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 6326     avg: 6326 (37.61%)     max: 6326 Points
3DMark (2013): Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 4652     avg: 4652 (41.8%)     max: 4652 Points
3DMark (2013): Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 49329     avg: 49329 (91.12%)     max: 49329 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Stream
0% 100%
min: 8981     avg: 8981 (98.98%)     max: 8981 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Memory
0% 100%
min: 7948     avg: 7948 (95.44%)     max: 7948 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Floating Point
0% 100%
min: 9872     avg: 9872 (59.53%)     max: 9872 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Integer
0% 100%
min: 8706     avg: 8706 (65.68%)     max: 8706 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Total Score
0% 100%
min: 8990     avg: 8990 (72.03%)     max: 8990 Points
TrueCrypt: Serpent Mean 100MB
0% 100%
min: 0.28     avg: 0.3 (0.21%)     max: 0.28 GB/s
TrueCrypt: Twofish Mean 100MB
0% 100%
min: 0.448     avg: 0.4 (0.22%)     max: 0.448 GB/s
TrueCrypt: AES Mean 100MB
0% 100%
min: 2.7     avg: 2.7 (0.3%)     max: 2.7 GB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0: Pass 2
0% 100%
min: 32.7     avg: 32.7 (37.01%)     max: 32.7 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0: Pass 1
0% 100%
min: 163.8     avg: 163.8 (93.33%)     max: 163.8 fps
WinRAR: Result
0% 100%
min: 3375     avg: 3375 (46.42%)     max: 3375 KB/s
wPrime 2.0x: 1024m
0% 100%
min: 314.5     avg: 314.5 (97.78%)     max: 314.5 seconds*
wPrime 2.0x: 32m
0% 100%
min: 9.98     avg: 10 (98.9%)     max: 9.98 seconds*
3DMark 11: Performance Physics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 6593     avg: 6593 (49.88%)     max: 6593 points
3DMark Vantage: P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 19191     avg: 19305.5 (48.28%)     max: 19420 Points
3DMark 06 - CPU:
0% 100%
min: 6405     avg: 6405 (71.78%)     max: 6405 Points
Cinebench R11.5: CPU Single 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 1.56     avg: 1.6 (54.85%)     max: 1.56 Points
Cinebench R11.5: CPU Multi 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 5.81     avg: 5.8 (32.16%)     max: 5.81 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 6568     avg: 6568 (26.46%)     max: 6568 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 22729     avg: 22729 (62.95%)     max: 22729 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Single 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 5191     avg: 5191 (77.43%)     max: 5191 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 17762     avg: 17762 (51.08%)     max: 17762 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M:
0% 100%
min: 9.99     avg: 10 (99.78%)     max: 9.99 Seconds*
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M:
0% 100%
min: 22.78     avg: 22.8 (99.92%)     max: 22.78 Seconds*
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M:
0% 100%
min: 542.6     avg: 542.6 (97.64%)     max: 542.6 Seconds*
- Range of benchmarks for this CPU
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Other CPUs of the series Intel Core i5 (Desktop)

» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 3570K
   3.4 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 3550
   3.3 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 3470
   3.2 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 2500K
   3.3 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 2400
   3.1 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 750
   2.66 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB

Surrounding CPUs

- Intel Core i7 4712HQ
   2.3 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
- Intel Core i7 4712MQ
   2.3 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
- Intel Core i7 4750HQ
   2 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
- Intel Core i7 3635QM
   2.4 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
- Intel Core i7 3630QM
   2.4 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 3550
   3.3 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
+ Intel Core i7 4702HQ
   2.2 GHz / 1024 KB + 6144 KB
+ Intel Core i7 4702MQ
   2.2 GHz / 1024 KB + 6144 KB
+ Intel Core i7 2860QM
   2.5 GHz / 1024 KB + 8192 KB
+ Intel Core i7 2920XM
   2.5 GHz / 1024 KB + 8192 KB
+ Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 3470
   3.2 GHz / 1024 KB + 6144 KB
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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2013-05- 4)