Intel Core i5 3470 

Released June, 2012
  • 3.2 GHz
  • Quad core
6.1 Out of 10

And, like other Ivy Bridge processors, although the Core i5-3470 is designed for Intel's 7 Series chipset, it is fully backward compatible with second-generation Core ("Sandy Bridge") motherboards using the LGA1155 socket as well.
by PCMag (May, 2012)
One way it's doing this is by release of the Core i5-3470 , a desktop processor priced at $184 list that is intended to bestow the benefits of the new technology to everyday users who don't quite need every possible bell and whistle.
by PCMag (May, 2012)
Explore 23 desktops with the Intel Core i5 3470

CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Intel Core i5 3470 among desktop CPUs (over 75W)


Benchmark performance using all cores

Core i5 3470
PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Core i5 3470
PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Core i5 3470
Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

Core i5 3470
CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Core i5 3470
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more


Are you paying a premium for performance?

Core i5 3470
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more


CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Core i5 3470

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Intel Core i5 3470

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i5 3470
3.08 mHash/s
Core i7 3770
9.07 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i5 3470
0.67 fps
Core i7 3770
-1 fps

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i5 3470
Core i7 3770

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i5 3470
Core i7 3770

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i5 3470
Core i7 3770

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3470
Core i7 3770
Core i5 2400

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3470
Core i5 2400
Core i7 3770

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3470
2,470,000 MB/s
Core i5 2400
2,260,000 MB/s
Core i7 3770
2,660,000 MB/s

Reviews Word on the street for the Intel Core i5 3470

The Intel Core i5-3470 is a mainstream Ivy Bridge CPU that delivers solid performance with very few surprises (and limited overclocking opportunities).

The big news about the first Ivy Bridge processors was the improved graphics, but with this second tier iGPU, can the Core i5 3470 match the pace of its technological compatriots?


6.5 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Socket Type

The Core i5-3470's base clock speed is a reasonable 3.2GHz, though this can rise to as much as 3.6GHz when Turbo Boost is activated and you have the proper electrical and thermal headroom.
by PCMag (May, 2012)
Our Adobe Photoshop CS5 test, in which we apply a dozen filters and effects to a large image, took two seconds faster on the newer chip (3 minutes 2 seconds, as opposed to 3:04); exactly the same thing was true of converting a video using Handbrake (the time dropped from 40 to 38 seconds).
by PCMag (May, 2012)
At the games' lowest visual settings, only DiRT 3 came through (with 47fps); Batman: Arkham City came close (27fps), but Lost Planet 2 didn't (17.6fps).
by PCMag (May, 2012)


While the HD 4000 does give some little hope of gaming frame rates - we were playing Batman: Arkham City at 1080p on the lowest settings at nearly 30fps - the slashing of constituent graphical components from the HD 2500 core means you've got little to no hope with it.
by Tech Radar (Jul, 2012)
This means that, for most everyday usage models, the Core i5-3470 is a strong choice.
by PCMag (May, 2012)
Our MediaEspresso encoding benchmark took only 25s compared with the 23s for the HD 4000 series.
by Tech Radar (Jul, 2012)


The chip has a cache size of 6MB, which is par for the Core i5 course.
by PCMag (May, 2012)
If the Intel Core i5 3470 wasn't pared back enough (with the removal of Hyperthreading and overclocking for marketing reasons), consider that this Ivy Bridge CPU is also sporting the weaker of Intel's graphics parts.
by Tech Radar (Jul, 2012)
But if overclocking's not your bag then grabbing a cheaper quad-core with the latest Intel architecture should be the sensible choice.
by Tech Radar (Jul, 2012)


That sort of performance should make this chip a more compelling proposition.
by Tech Radar (Jul, 2012)
If you're after the CPU graphics to deliver gaming performance, you'll be sorely disappointed.
by Tech Radar (Jul, 2012)
As far as performance is concerned, it's worth noting that this release is not an exact repeat of what we saw last year with Sandy Bridge.
by PCMag (May, 2012)


But you wouldn't expect processor graphics to offer gaming speed, and most of us are fully paid up members of the discrete graphics club.
by Tech Radar (Jul, 2012)
Despite some improvements since the last generation, you're still not going to be able to play serious 3D games with just the processor as well as you'll be able to if you also have a discrete video card.
by PCMag (May, 2012)
We played around in three games—Batman: Arkham City, DiRT 3, and Lost Planet 2—to see if we could get acceptable frame rates (30 frames per second, or fps, or above) and had some trouble.
by PCMag (May, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Clock speed 3.2 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.6 GHz
Cores Quad core
Socket type LGA 1155
Is unlocked No


Has a NX bit Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes
Has virtualization support Yes
Instruction set extensions
  1. MMX
  2. AES
  3. SSE
  4. SSE2
  5. SSE4.1
  6. SSE3
  7. Supplemental SSE3
  8. SSE4.2
  9. AVX
  10. SSE4
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes

integrated graphics

Label Intel® HD Graphics 2500
Latest DirectX 11.0
Number of displays supported 3
GPU clock speed 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in
Memory type
  1. DDR3-1600
  2. DDR3-1333
  3. DDR3
Channels Dual Channel
Supports ECC No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB


Architecture x86-64
Threads 4 threads
L2 cache 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm
Transistor count 1,400,000,000
Max CPUs 1
Clock multiplier 32
Voltage range Unknown - 1.13V
Operating temperature Unknown - 67.4°C


Overclock popularity 22
Overclock review score 0.7
Overclocked clock speed 3.67 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.09 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.67 GHz

power consumption

Annual home energy cost 31.22 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 84.62 $/year
Performance per watt 4.41 pt/W
Idle power consumption 54.4W
Peak power consumption 96.6W
Typical power consumption 86.05W


Architecture DMI 2.0
Data rate 2,560 MB/s
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s
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Best gaming CPU on the market! (at'least at the time I bought it) The price/performance is outstanding! You can take this chip and do whatever you want with it! The 3470 performs equal to the most expensive chips in gaming! Also you can run any GPU with no bottleneck. The Ivy chips are also almost exactly the same as the haswell architecture. About the only difference is the power states. So it is smart money to pick one of these up. Because you can get some outstanding Z77 boards for well under $100 bucks. Also almost all haswell chips will not be compatible with DDR4 anyway. Only a few haswell chips will have DDR4 capability. So the 1155 will do no more and no less. However the Haswell chips are getting cheaper. So it really depends on the price you pick one up for. But a 3470 is a great choice if you can get it around $170, And a Z77 board for $60 bucks. I must say the On-board Intel HD 2500 GPU is a joke LOL! Now I do know that most people who buy a i5 will never use the on-board graphics. But would it have really hurt Intel to at'least put the HD 4000 in it? LOL. However the HD 2500 is great at media and even doing some small editing. But games are out of the question unless you are playing DosBox games LOL. But nobody is going to spend the money on a i5 without buying a decent GPU with it anyway. So I guess that is why only the HD 2500 was used. And honestly unless it is a tiny laptop screen the HD 4000 is not going to be very good either!
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