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Front view of Intel Core i5 3550

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Significantly higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.9 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Much better turbo clock speed 1,150 MHz vs 1,100 MHz Around 5% better turbo clock speed
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.85 GHz vs 3.73 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.39 GHz vs 2.9 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Core i5 3475S

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Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 111.75W 2.1x lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 40.21 $/year 2.6x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 110.38 $/year Around 50% lower annual commercial energy cost
Higher Maximum operating temperature 69.1 °C vs 67.4 °C Around 5% higher Maximum operating temperature

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 3550 vs 3475S

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Core i5 3550
-1 mPixels/s
Core i5 3475S
3.26 mPixels/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Ocean surface simulation) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i5 3550
-1 fps
Core i5 3475S
163.76 fps

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3550
2,530,000 MB/s
Core i5 3475S
2,405,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3550  vs
3475S 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 2.9 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.7 GHz 3.6 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1155
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 77W 65W
Annual home energy cost 40.21 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 110.38 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 4.48 pt/W 10.72 pt/W
Typical power consumption 111.75W 52.81W

bus

Architecture DMI 2.0 DMI 2.0
Number of links 1 1
Data rate 2,560 MB/s 2,560 MB/s
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Core i5 3550  vs
3475S 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 22 nm
Transistor count 1,400,000,000 1,400,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 33 29
Operating temperature Unknown - 67.4°C Unknown - 69.1°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.85 GHz 3.73 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.39 GHz 2.9 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.85 GHz 3.73 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2500 Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Latest DirectX 11.x 11.0
Number of displays supported 3 3
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,150 MHz 1,100 MHz

memory controller

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