CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3570K vs 3550


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?

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


Are you paying a premium for performance?

Performance Per Dollar

CPUBoss Score

Performance, Single-core Performance, Overclocking and Value

Intel Core i5 3570K 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i5 3570K  based on its performance, single-core performance, overclocking and 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
Slightly higher turbo clock speed 3.8 GHz vs 3.7 GHz Around 5% higher turbo clock speed
Better 3DMark11 physics score 6,430 vs 6,260 Around 5% better 3DMark11 physics score
Significantly better PassMark (Overclocked) score 5,406.6 vs 2,349.5 More than 2.2x better PassMark (Overclocked) score
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.61 GHz vs 3.84 GHz More than 20% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better performance per dollar 4.83 pt/$ vs 3.63 pt/$ Around 35% better performance per dollar
Better cinebench r11.5 (1-core) score 1.6 vs 1.57 Almost the same
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.45 GHz vs 3.39 GHz More than 30% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
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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

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

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Core i5 3570K  vs
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


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

integrated graphics

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
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


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 33
Operating temperature Unknown - 67.4°C Unknown - 67.4°C


Overclock popularity 470 11
Overclock review score 4 0
Overclocked clock speed 4.61 GHz 3.84 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.45 GHz 3.39 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 5,406.6 2,349.5
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.61 GHz 3.84 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 7.34 pt/W 6.79 pt/W
Idle power consumption 67W 69W
Peak power consumption 121W 126W
Typical power consumption 107.5W 111.75W


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