CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3550S vs 3550 among desktop CPUs

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

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

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

7.8

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

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Intel Core i5 3550S 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Much higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 3 GHz Around 10% higher clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.39 GHz vs 3 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 3550S vs 3550

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

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 3550S
2,260,000 MB/s
Core i5 3550
2,530,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3550S  vs
3550 
Clock speed 3 GHz 3.3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.7 GHz 3.7 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 65W 77W
Annual home energy cost 38.63 $/year 40.21 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 105.12 $/year 110.38 $/year
Performance per watt 6.29 pt/W 4.49 pt/W
Idle power consumption 67W 69W
Peak power consumption 120W 126W
Typical power consumption 106.75W 111.75W

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 3550S  vs
3550 
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 30 33
Operating temperature Unknown - 69.1°C Unknown - 67.4°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.52 GHz 3.96 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3 GHz 3.39 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.52 GHz 3.96 GHz

integrated graphics

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