Excerpt: This is a very good processor overall, but it's just not quite as nice as some of the other options out there. The only thing really holding this model back is it's just a bit older than some other processors out there, having been around since mid 2012.
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...
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...
Conclusion: Reviewing a tick in Intel's cadence is always difficult. After Conroe if we didn't see a 40% jump in a generation we were disappointed. And honestly, after Sandy Bridge I felt it would be quite similar. Luckily for Intel, Ivy Bridge is quite possibly the strongest tick it has ever put forth.
Conclusion: Based on these early numbers, Ivy Bridge is pretty much right where we expected it on the CPU side. You're looking at a 5 - 15% increase in CPU performance over Sandy Bridge at a similar price point. I have to say that I'm pretty impressed by the gains we've seen here today.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 trans...
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.
Pros: Efficient Hyper Thread performance, Ivy Bridge 77 Watts vs Sandy Bridge 95 Watts, Intel Quick Sync and Advanced Vectoring, Supports up to 3 displays, Rich HD and 3D media experience, Backwards compatible with all Intel 6 Series motherboards, PCI Express 3.0 support