CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3570K vs 3550 among desktop CPUs (over 75W)

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

8.7

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i5 3570K 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i5 3570K  based on its value.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Much better CompuBench 1.5 ocean surface simulation score 174.42 fps vs -1 fps Around 17550% better CompuBench 1.5 ocean surface simulation score
Much lower typical power consumption 107.5W vs 111.75W Around 5% lower typical power consumption
Higher turbo clock speed 3.8 GHz vs 3.7 GHz Around 5% higher turbo clock speed
Much better performance per dollar 3.34 pt/$ vs 2.49 pt/$ Around 35% better performance per dollar
Slightly higher clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 3.3 GHz Around 5% higher clock speed
Significantly better PassMark score 7,161 vs 6,886 Around 5% better PassMark score
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.61 GHz vs 3.96 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.56 GHz vs 3.39 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Much lower annual home energy cost 38.81 $/year vs 40.21 $/year Around 5% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 106 $/year vs 110.38 $/year Around 5% lower annual commercial energy cost
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Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 3570K vs 3550

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Core i5 3570K
8.45 mPixels/s
Core i5 3550
1.37 mPixels/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Ocean surface simulation) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i5 3570K
174.42 fps
Core i5 3550
-1 fps

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate 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 3570K
2,650,000 MB/s
Core i5 3550
2,530,000 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3570K  vs
3550 
Clock speed 3.4 GHz 3.3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.8 GHz 3.7 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1155
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4000 Intel® HD Graphics 2500
Latest DirectX 10.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

details

Core i5 3570K  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 34 33
Operating temperature Unknown - 67.4°C Unknown - 67.4°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 470 11
Overclock review score 4 0
Overclocked clock speed 4.61 GHz 3.96 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.56 GHz 3.39 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 5,406.6 2,349.5
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.61 GHz 3.96 GHz

power consumption

TDP 77W 77W
Annual home energy cost 38.81 $/year 40.21 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 106 $/year 110.38 $/year
Performance per watt 5.07 pt/W 4.67 pt/W
Idle power consumption 67W 69W
Peak power consumption 121W 126W
Typical power consumption 107.5W 111.75W

bus

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