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: 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.
Conclusion: Performance Summary: Intel made summarizing the Core i7-3770K’s performance nice and easy—it is the fastest quad-core processor the company has released to date. The small IPC improvements, in addition to the Core i7-3770K’s higher peak Turbo frequencies give it a slight edge in performance over the Core i7-2700K and i7-3820 in terms of CPU performance.
Pros: Excellent Power Characteristics, Nicely Overclockable, Strong Performance, Much Better GPU and Quick Sync, Compatible With Existing Socket 1155 coolers
Cons: Cheap Discrete GPUs Still Faster, CPU Not Much Faster Than 2700K.
Conclusion: We’re also happy to see that Intel is continuing to support most existing Socket 1155 motherboards with its Ivy Bridge processors. That makes upgrading certain recent systems as easy as a BIOS update and a chip swap. While the CPU performance increase isn’t dramatic enough to justify an upgrade from, say, a Core i7-2600K to a Core i7-3770K, it does open up the possibility of upgrading to the newer architecture if you’re upgrading a Socket 1155-based system from a...
Pros: Significantly enhanced on-chip 3D-graphics performance, Highly overclockable, Compatible with many previous-generation motherboards, Reduced power usage
Cons: CPU performance only slightly boosted over previous-generation Core i7 chips
Intel's long-awaited Ivy Bridge CPU is a strong and efficient performer
Good Gear Guide.au
18 June 2012
Summary: The 3rd generation Core CPU is a step up from the 2nd generation Core and builds on the success of its predecessor. Through new technology and a smaller manufacturing process, it provides faster performance, a marked improvement in integrated graphics speed and better power efficiency. If you're about to build a new PC and are wondering what to go for, you shouldn't hesitate to get a 3rd generation Core chip.
Pros: Performance, Power efficiency, Unlocked multiplier