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

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 i5-3570KIntel Core i5-3550
Intel Core i5 (Desktop)Intel Core i5 (Desktop)
Ivy BridgeIvy Bridge
: Core i5 (Desktop) Ivy Bridge
» Intel Core i5-3570K3.4 - 3.8 GHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-35503.3 - 3.7 GHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-3470 compare3.2 - 3.6 GHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-3570K3.4 - 3.8 GHz4 / 46 MB
» Intel Core i5-35503.3 - 3.7 GHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-3470 compare3.2 - 3.6 GHz4 / 46 MB
3400 - 3800 MHz3300 - 3700 MHz
256 KB
1 MB1 MB
6 MB6 MB
4 / 44 / 4
77 77
1400
22 22
160 mm2
67.4 °C67.4 °C
1155FCLGA1155
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 BitHD Graphics 2500 (650-1150), SSE 4.1/4.2, AVX, Trusted Execution, AES, Dual Channel Memory Controller DDR3-1600 (max 32GB)
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1150 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 2500 (650 - 1150 MHz)
Architecturex86x86
$235 U.S.$205 U.S.
Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 3570KIntel Core i5 (Desktop) 3550

Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
6 Points (12%)
5.8 Points (12%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
1.6 Points (51%)
1.6 Points (50%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
5286 (47%)
5191 (46%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
18325 (31%)
17762 (30%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
23516 Points (22%)
22729 Points (22%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
6722 Points (51%)
6568 Points (49%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
306 s (4%)
100%
3550 +
315 s (4%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
9.7 s (2%)
100%
3550 +
10 s (2%)
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
3376 (22%)
100%
3550 +
3375 (22%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
33.6 fps (15%)
32.7 fps (15%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
168 fps (50%)
164 fps (48%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
0.3 GB/s (0%)
0.3 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
0.5 GB/s (0%)
0.4 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
2.8 GB/s (0%)
2.7 GB/s (0%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
6561 Points (36%)
6405 Points (35%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
9.7 s (2%)
100%
3550 +
10 s (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
22.3 s (1%)
100%
3550 +
22.8 s (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
531 s (2%)
100%
3550 +
543 s (2%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
100%
1 3550 +
min: 19191     avg: 19306     median: 19305.5 (22%)     max: 19420 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
100%
1 3550 +
6593 Points (28%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
48378 Points (31%)
102%
3550 +
49329 Points (32%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
4725 Points (12%)
4652 Points (12%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
100%
1 3550 +
6326 Points (16%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Stream
9051 Points (73%)
8981 Points (72%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Memory
8063 Points (73%)
7948 Points (72%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Floating Point
10133 Points (20%)
9872 Points (19%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Integer
9592 Points (19%)
8706 Points (18%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Total Score
9421 Points (25%)
8990 Points (24%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-3570K → 100% n=25

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-3550 → 98% n=25

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