Intel Core i5-3570K vs Intel Core i5-3550 vs Intel Core i5-3470

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 i5-3550

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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 i5-3470

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The Intel Core i5-3470 is a fast LGA1155 quad-core desktop processor based on the Ivy Bridge architecture. Each core offers a base speed of 3.2 GHz, but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.4 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.5 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.6 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 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 i5-3470 is slightly above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to some architectural improvements. Compared to AMD's fastest desktop CPU (FX-8350), the Core i5-3470 offers higher performance per thread, but features less cores (4 instead of 8). Overall, the Core i5 is just slightly faster in most applications.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 2500 GPU offers 6 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 650 MHz up to 1100 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).

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: Core i5 (Desktop) Ivy Bridge
» Intel Core i5-3570K3400 - 3800 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-35503300 - 3700 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-34703200 - 3600 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-3570K3400 - 3800 MHz4 / 46 MB
» Intel Core i5-35503300 - 3700 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-34703200 - 3600 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-3570K3400 - 3800 MHz4 / 46 MB
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$235 U.S.$205 U.S.$184 U.S.
Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 3570KIntel Core i5 (Desktop) 3550Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 3470

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
6 Points (14%)
5.8 Points (13%)
5.6 Points (13%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
1.6 Points (81%)
100%
3550 +
1.6 Points (78%)
100%
3470 +
1.5 Points (76%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
5286 Points (54%)
5191 Points (53%)
5006 Points (51%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
18325 Points (28%)
17762 Points (27%)
17192 Points (26%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
23516 Points (31%)
22729 Points (30%)
21594 Points (28%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
6722 Points (65%)
6568 Points (63%)
6328 Points (61%)
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
305.8 seconds (4%)
100%
3550 +
314.5 seconds (4%)
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
9.7 seconds (2%)
100%
3550 +
10 seconds (2%)
WinRAR - Result
3376 KB/s (40%)
100%
3550 +
3375 KB/s (40%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
33.6 fps (1%)
32.7 fps (1%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
168 fps (62%)
163.8 fps (61%)
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.3 GB/s (15%)
0.3 GB/s (14%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.5 GB/s (15%)
0.5 GB/s (15%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
2.8 GB/s (14%)
100%
3550 +
2.7 GB/s (14%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
6561 Points (44%)
6405 Points (43%)
6179 Points (41%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
9.7 Seconds (2%)
100%
3550 +
10 Seconds (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
22.3 Seconds (1%)
100%
3550 +
22.8 Seconds (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
530.8 Seconds (2%)
100%
3550 +
542.6 Seconds (2%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
100%
3550 +
min: 19191     avg: 19305.5     median: 19305 (27%)     max: 19420 Points
18204 Points (25%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
100%
3550 +
6593 points (34%)
5575 points (29%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
48378 Points (31%)
102%
3550 +
49329 Points (32%)
112%
3470 +
54139 Points (35%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
4725 Points (12%)
4652 Points (12%)
107%
3470 +
5051 Points (13%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
100%
3550 +
6326 Points (19%)
5977 Points (18%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
9051 Points (73%)
8981 Points (72%)
100%
3470 +
9055 Points (73%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
8063 Points (73%)
7948 Points (72%)
100%
3470 +
8088 Points (73%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
10133 Points (17%)
9872 Points (17%)
104%
3470 +
10560 Points (18%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
9592 Points (17%)
8706 Points (15%)
104%
3470 +
10006 Points (17%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
9421 Points (22%)
8990 Points (21%)
103%
3470 +
9721 Points (22%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-3570K → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-3550 → 98%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-3470 → 97%

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