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Front view of Intel Core i5 3470

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 3470

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Much more l3 cache 6 MB vs None Compared to all cpus, 6 MB l3 cache is just OK
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Significantly newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 28 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.09 GHz vs 3.7 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD A6 7470K

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Significantly higher clock speed 3.7 GHz vs 3.2 GHz More than 15% higher clock speed
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 86.05W Around 40% lower typical power consumption
Much more l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.33 GHz vs 3.67 GHz Around 20% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 71.3 °C vs 67.4 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 31.22 $/year Around 50% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 84.62 $/year Around 35% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 3470 vs A6 7470K

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i5 3470
6,607
A6 7470K
2,804

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i5 3470
1,906
A6 7470K
1,622

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3470  vs
A6 7470K 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 3.7 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.6 GHz 4 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Is unlocked No Yes

features

Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
FMA4
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES

power consumption

TDP 77W 65W
Annual home energy cost 31.22 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 84.62 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 4.41 pt/W 2.28 pt/W
Typical power consumption 86.05W 52.81W

details

Core i5 3470  vs
A6 7470K 
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB None
Manufacture process 22 nm 28 nm
Operating temperature Unknown - 67.4°C Unknown - 71.3°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.67 GHz 4.33 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.09 GHz 3.7 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.67 GHz 4.33 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2500 Radeon™ R5
Latest DirectX 11.0 12.0
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 800 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-2133
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3
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