CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3570K vs 3470


Benchmark performance using all cores

Cinebench R11.5, PassMark, GeekBench (32-bit) and GeekBench (64-bit)

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Cinebench R11.5 (1-core) and PassMark (Single Core)


How much speed can you get out of the processor?

Unlocked, Maximum Overclocked Clock Speed (Air) and 2 more


Are you paying a premium for performance?

Performance Per Dollar

No winner declared

Too close to call

Cast your vote Do you agree or disagree with CPUBoss?

Thanks for adding your opinion. Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest news!

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i5 3570K

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 3570K

Report a correction
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Higher turbo clock speed 3.8 GHz vs 3.6 GHz More than 5% higher turbo clock speed
Higher clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 3.2 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Significantly better 3DMark11 physics score 6,430 vs 6,100 More than 5% better 3DMark11 physics score
Better cinebench r11.5 (1-core) score 1.6 vs 1.52 More than 5% better cinebench r11.5 (1-core) score
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.61 GHz vs 3.74 GHz Around 25% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better turbo clock speed 1,150 MHz vs 1,100 MHz Around 5% better turbo clock speed
Slightly better geekbench (32-bit) score 10,832 vs 9,226 More than 15% better geekbench (32-bit) score
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.45 GHz vs 3.82 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Core i5 3470

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 3470

Report a correction
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Lower typical power consumption 86.05W vs 107.5W Around 20% lower typical power consumption
Better performance per dollar 5.76 pt/$ vs 4.83 pt/$ Around 20% better performance per dollar
Lower annual home energy cost 31.22 $/year vs 38.81 $/year Around 20% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 84.62 $/year vs 106 $/year More than 20% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 3570K vs 3470

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

Cinebench R11.5

Cinebench R11.5 (Single Core)

PassMark Data courtesy PassMark

PassMark (Single Core) Data courtesy PassMark

Reviews Word on the street

Core i5 3570K  vs 3470 

The Core i5 3570K is quicker, for sure, but the difference isn't nearly enough that you're ever going to feel it.
Core i5 3570K

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Core i5 3570K  vs
Clock speed 3.4 GHz 3.2 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.8 GHz 3.6 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1155
Is unlocked Yes No


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 77W 77W
Annual home energy cost 38.81 $/year 31.22 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 106 $/year 84.62 $/year
Performance per watt 7.34 pt/W 7.48 pt/W
Idle power consumption 67W 54.4W
Peak power consumption 121W 96.6W
Typical power consumption 107.5W 86.05W


Architecture DMI DMI 2.0
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s


Core i5 3570K  vs
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 34 32
Operating temperature Unknown - 67.4°C Unknown - 67.4°C


Overclock popularity 470 22
Overclock review score 4 0.7
Overclocked clock speed 4.61 GHz 3.74 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.45 GHz 3.82 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.61 GHz 3.74 GHz

integrated graphics

Label Intel® HD Graphics 4000 Intel® HD Graphics 2500
Latest DirectX 10.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
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
Intel Core i5 3570K
Report a correction
Intel Core i5 3470
Report a correction

Read more


Showing 2 comments.
I am thinking maybe I should have paid $40 more for the 3570K. I only paid $63 bucks for my TZ77A Motherboard, So it still would have been well under $200. But since both are close in performance I guess saving the $40 was ok. I only like to do small overclocks anyway since it is better on the chip's longevity and stability, I suppose 3.8ghz on all cores is not bad at all. I can also set it to run at 4ghz when only 2 cores need used, And 3.9ghz when a application is only using 3 cores. I think that is kinda dumb that Intel would set a CPU to run Higher with 2 and 3 cores, Makes more sense just to even it out to me. So I just set all four multipliers to 38.
I bought me a i5 3470. The price was decent. And the performance reviews on it all seem good. I know the non K models don't overclock as well as the K models, But they are still a very solid performer.
comments powered by Disqus