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Intel Core i5-3470

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Intel Core i5-3470

PC Magazine
29 July 2012
  • Conclusion: The Intel Core i5-3470 is a mainstream Ivy Bridge CPU that delivers solid performance with very few surprises (and limited overclocking opportunities).
  • Pros: Good performance for the price. Backward compatible with Sandy Bridge motherboards.
  • Cons: Multiplier not fully unlocked. Few major performance increases over previous-generation counterparts.
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Overall 7

Expert Review

4 June 2012
  • Conclusion: Otherwise, the Core i5-3470 offers speedy processing and even a surprise ability to overclock a bit, at a very reasonable price. Under the right conditions, it's a solid-value building block for a speedy mainstream or gaming PC.
  • Pros: Excellent CPU performance for the price, Compatible with many previous-generation motherboards, Reduced power usage
  • Cons: Poor 3D performance, CPU processing has seen only a minor speed boost from previous-generation Core i5 chips
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Overall 8

Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge Quad-Core CPU Review

31 May 2012
  • Conclusion: Performance Summary: Although it is not targeted at the ultra high end market, the Core i5-3470 offers excellent performance nonetheless. The Core i5-3470’s somewhat lower clocks, smaller L3 cache, and lack of Hyper-Threading obviously lower its CPU performance versus Intel’s current flagship Ivy Bridge-based Core i7-3770K processor, but the deltas separating the two chips are relatively small in single- or lightly-threaded workloads; it’s only with heavily...
  • Pros: Good Performance, Relatively Low Power Consumption, Quick Sync 2.0, Competitive Pricing
  • Cons: Only Partially Unlocked, Wimpy Integrated Graphics, No Hyper-Threading
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