Ivy Bridge Unveiled: A look Inside the Intel Core i7 3770K
3 April 2014
Excerpt: Ivy Bridge has been a Buzz word that has been tossed around the world, and one that has everyone in anticipation of just what the hell Intel has up their sleeves for the desktop environment, and finally the long awaited day has arrived where we can actually legally show off just what all the hype and hoopla was all about.
Summary: The Intel Core i5-3570K provided remarkable performance on all tests and seems to be the processor with the highest performance per Dollar on the market right now.
The lack of Hyper-Threading makes it perform worse than the Intel Core i7-3770K in most benchmarks, but testing in games showed that both processors perform similarly during gaming. What concerned us a bit was that we were unlucky with our sample; it had temperature problems.
Pros: Good price, Great performance, High overclocking potential, Low power consumption under both idle and load, High performance, Includes Hyper-Threading technology, High overclocking potential, Good price based on performance, Low power consumption under both idle and load
Cons: Really high temperature under load, Low performance iGPU, High temperature under load, Low performance iGPU
Conclusion: Before Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge, overclocking your CPU involved changing half a dozen settings to try to obtain the highest clock speed. This was because there were so many different ways to obtain your maximum frequency; things were a bit complicated even if you are an experienced computer enthusiast.
Conclusion: Ivy Bridge is finally here, and if its performance improvements over Sandy Bridge are underwhelming, remember that Sandy Bridge set a very high bar. Without Sandy Bridge to compare it to, we'd be lauding Ivy Bridge performance and overclocking to the skies. Ivy Bridge was perhaps one of Intel's worst-kept secrets, what with their bragging about their 22nm, "3D" transistors for the last few months.
Pros: Lower power than Sandy Bridge, although this isn't significant for desktop platforms, Faster and cheaper (if not by much) than Sandy Bridge CPUs, Intel HD4000 iGPU significantly faster than HD3000, Can be used in Z68-series motherboards (with vendor BIOS support), Still the best performance in a mainstream consumer CPU
Summary: Intel's new Ivy Bridge processors deliver significantly improved graphics performance when compared to the previous generation Sandy Bridge processors. Since Sandy Bridge has no support for DirectX 11, we could not include it in the benchmarks for this review. So let's do some math: Back in 2011 we saw that NVIDIA's GeForce GT 430 was 2.67 times faster than the Core i5-2500K's HD graphics 3000.
Pros: GPU performance greatly improved compared to last generation, Support for DirectX 11, Driver maturity improved, 22 nm production process, Turbo Boost to dynamically adjust graphics clocks, Completely noiseless, HDMI Audio bitstreaming supported, DisplayPort, HDMI 1.4 & 3D support, Dedicated transcoding hardware
Cons: Limited GPU performance, No dedicated GPU memory
Summary: When it comes to productivity, it’s clear that Intel’s processors are the best choice. While some argue it’s not the best bang for buck, just consider the performance-upgrade time frame. Users who have purchased one of the the last two Intel architectures don’t need to upgrade unless they need faster, more productive system for content creation like media transcoding and data compiling.
Summary: Time seems to fly. Just over one year ago Intel introduced Sandy Bridge to the world. Packing a high performance CPU, with mega overclockability for the K skews, yet keeping power consumption and heat to a bare minimum. The best part was that Sandy Bridge was affordable and even a big threat to Intel's flagship, the socket 1366. World records were smashed at HWBot, as this little socket 1155 CPU overclocked to 5.8Ghz and beyond.
Excerpt: Intel's Ivy Bridge processors have arrived and what better way to evaluate them than with its top SKU - the Core i7-3770K processor. We give this chip a good spin and detail you performance and power savings compared to the Sandy Bridge platform.
Pros: Relatively good performance, Power efficiency has improved, Easier to overclock, Integrated 16-lane PCIe 3.0 controller
Cons: No major architectural changes in CPU, Integrated graphics performance could be better
Conclusion: we see no immediate reason to upgrade from Sandy Bridge, but if you're moving from an older platform, Intel's Ivy Bridge should be your only high-performance and energy-efficient destination. The best just got that little bit better.