Intel Core i5-3550 vs Intel Core i5-3570K

Intel Core i5-3550

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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).

Intel Core i5-3570K

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The Intel Core i5-3570K is a fast quad-core desktop processor based on the Ivy Bridge architecture. Each core offers a base speed of 3.4 GHz, but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.7 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.8 GHz (for 1 active core). Furthermore, the "K" series processors offers an unlocked multiplier for easy overclocking.

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 i5-3570K 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 i5-3570K offers significantly higher performance per thread, but features less cores (4 instead of 8). Overall, the Core i5 is still a bit faster in most applications.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU offers 16 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 650 MHz up to 1150 MHz with Turbo Boost. For recent games, the performance is only sufficient for low resolutions and details.

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

Intel Core i5-3550Intel Core i5-3570K
Intel Core i5 (Desktop)Intel Core i5 (Desktop)
Ivy BridgeIvy Bridge
: Core i5 (Desktop) Ivy Bridge
Intel Core i5-3570K3400 - 3800 MHz4 / 46 MB
» Intel Core i5-35503300 - 3700 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-3470 (compare)3200 - 3600 MHz4 / 46 MB
» Intel Core i5-3570K3400 - 3800 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-35503300 - 3700 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-3470 (compare)3200 - 3600 MHz4 / 46 MB
3300 - 3700 MHz3400 - 3800 MHz
1 MB1 MB
6 MB6 MB
4 / 44 / 4
77 77
22 22
67.4 °C67.4 °C
FCLGA11551155
HD Graphics 2500 (650-1150), SSE 4.1/4.2, AVX, Trusted Execution, AES, Dual Channel Memory Controller DDR3-1600 (max 32GB)HD Graphics 4000 (650-1150), Dual Channel DDR3-1600 Memory Controller, Intel HD Graphics 4000 650 - 1150 MHz, VT-x (with EPT), AES, Intel 64, Anti-Theft, Idle States, Enhanced SpeedStep, Themal Monitoring, Execute Disable Bit
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 2500 (650 - 1150 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1150 MHz)
$205 U.S.$235 U.S.
Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 3550Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 3570K
256 KB
1400
160 mm2

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
100%
3550 +
5.8 Points (13%)
6 Points (14%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
100%
3550 +
1.6 Points (78%)
1.6 Points (81%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
100%
3550 +
5191 Points (57%)
5286 Points (58%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
100%
3550 +
17762 Points (27%)
18325 Points (28%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
100%
3550 +
22729 Points (30%)
23516 Points (31%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
100%
3550 +
6568 Points (63%)
6722 Points (65%)
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
100%
3550 +
314.5 seconds (4%)
305.8 seconds (4%)
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
100%
3550 +
10 seconds (2%)
9.7 seconds (2%)
WinRAR - Result
100%
3550 +
3375 KB/s (40%)
3376 KB/s (40%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
100%
3550 +
32.7 fps (1%)
33.6 fps (1%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
100%
3550 +
163.8 fps (61%)
168 fps (62%)
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.3 GB/s (14%)
0.3 GB/s (15%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.5 GB/s (15%)
0.5 GB/s (15%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
100%
3550 +
2.7 GB/s (14%)
2.8 GB/s (14%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
100%
3550 +
6405 Points (43%)
6561 Points (44%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
100%
3550 +
10 Seconds (2%)
9.7 Seconds (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
100%
3550 +
22.8 Seconds (1%)
22.3 Seconds (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
100%
3550 +
542.6 Seconds (2%)
530.8 Seconds (2%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
100%
3550 +
min: 19191     avg: 19305.5     median: 19305 (27%)     max: 19420 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
100%
3550 +
6593 points (34%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
100%
3550 +
49329 Points (32%)
48378 Points (31%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
100%
3550 +
4652 Points (12%)
4725 Points (12%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
100%
3550 +
6326 Points (19%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
100%
3550 +
8981 Points (72%)
9051 Points (73%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
100%
3550 +
7948 Points (72%)
8063 Points (73%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
100%
3550 +
9872 Points (17%)
10133 Points (17%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
100%
3550 +
8706 Points (15%)
9592 Points (17%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
100%
3550 +
8990 Points (21%)
9421 Points (22%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-3550 → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-3570K → 103%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)