CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3570K vs 3420 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

7.2

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i5 3570K 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i5 3570K

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 3570K

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Much higher clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 2.8 GHz More than 20% higher clock speed
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.59 GHz vs 3.58 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.71 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 70% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD A4 3420

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AMD A4 3420

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Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 107.5W 2x 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 lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 38.81 $/year 2.5x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 106 $/year More than 45% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 3570K vs A4 3420

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

A4 3420
1,104

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

A4 3420
2,474

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3570K
10,311
A4 3420
2,532

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A4 3420
1,403

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3570K
2,650,000 MB/s
A4 3420
113,100 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3570K
10,832
A4 3420
2,510

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

A4 3420
1,679

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3570K  vs
A4 3420 
Clock speed 3.4 GHz 2.8 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.8 GHz None
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1155
FM1

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
AMD64
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 77W 65W
Annual home energy cost 38.81 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 106 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 4.69 pt/W 1.57 pt/W
Typical power consumption 107.5W 52.81W

details

Core i5 3570K  vs
A4 3420 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 1,400,000,000 1,178,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.59 GHz 3.58 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.71 GHz 2.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.59 GHz 3.58 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4000 AMD Radeon HD 6410D
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 600 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3
Intel Core i5 3570K
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