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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
Series: Core i5 (Desktop) Ivy Bridge
Intel Core i5-3570K compare3400 - 3800 MHz4 / 46 MB
» Intel Core i5-35503300 - 3700 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-3470 compare3200 - 3600 MHz4 / 46 MB
Clock Rate3300 - 3700 MHz
Level 2 Cache1 MB
Level 3 Cache6 MB
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 4
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)
GPUIntel HD Graphics 2500 (650 - 1150 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Starting Price$205 U.S.
Announcement Date04/23/2012
Product Link (external)Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 3550

Benchmarks

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 5.81     avg: 5.8     median: 5.8 (171%)     max: 3.390000104904175 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1.56     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (114%)     max: 1.3700000047683716 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 5191     avg: 5191     median: 5191 (114%)     max: 4553 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 17762     avg: 17762     median: 17762 (171%)     max: 10398 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 22729     avg: 22729     median: 22729 (202%)     max: 11264 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 6568     avg: 6568     median: 6568 (114%)     max: 5778 Points
wPrime 2.10 - 1024m *
314.5 seconds (4%)
wPrime 2.10 - 32m *
10 seconds (2%)
WinRAR - Result
3375 KB/s (71%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 32.7     avg: 32.7     median: 32.7 (155%)     max: 21.06999969482422 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 163.8     avg: 163.8     median: 163.8 (151%)     max: 108.72000122070312 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.3 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.4 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
2.7 GB/s (0%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - CPU Score
min: 6405     avg: 6405     median: 6405 (152%)     max: 4227 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - 1M *
10 Seconds (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - 2M *
22.8 Seconds (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - 32M *
542.6 Seconds (2%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 19191     avg: 19305.5     median: 19305.5 (80%)     max: 19420 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 6593     avg: 6593     median: 6593 (165%)     max: 3988 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
49329 Points (32%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 4652     avg: 4652     median: 4652 (156%)     max: 2987 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 6326     avg: 6326     median: 6326 (148%)     max: 4263 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
min: 8981     avg: 8981     median: 8981 (109%)     max: 8242 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
min: 7948     avg: 7948     median: 7948 (108%)     max: 7392 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
min: 8706     avg: 8706     median: 8706 (107%)     max: 8102 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
8990 Points (83%)
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Other CPUs of the series Intel Core i5 (Desktop)

» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 6600K
   3.5 GHz / 1 MB L2 + 6 MB L3
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 4590
   3.3 GHz / 1 MB L2 + 6 MB L3
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 3570K
   3.4 GHz / 1 MB L2 + 6 MB L3
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 6500
   3.2 GHz / 1 MB L2 + 6 MB L3
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 3550
   3.3 GHz / 1 MB L2 + 6 MB L3
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 3470
   3.2 GHz / 1 MB L2 + 6 MB L3
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 2500K
   3.3 GHz / 1 MB L2 + 6 MB L3
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 6600T
   2.7 GHz / 1 MB L2 + 6 MB L3
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 4460
   3.2 GHz / 1 MB L2 + 6 MB L3
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 4430
   3 GHz / 1 MB L2 + 6 MB L3
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 6400
   2.7 GHz / 1 MB L2 + 6 MB L3
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 6500T
   2.5 GHz / 1 MB L2 + 6 MB L3
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 2400
   3.1 GHz / 1 MB L2 + 6 MB L3
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 6400T
   2.2 GHz / 1 MB L2 + 6 MB L3
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 750
   2.66 GHz / 1 MB L2 + 8 MB L3

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 L2 + 6 MB L3
+ 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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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2013-05- 4)