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Intel Core i5 3570K review

The new go-to gamer's chip, but is it a Sandy Bridge upgrade?

With AMD not really turning up to this party, the comparison is with Intel's existing Sandy Bridge chips and most notably our old favourite, the Core i5 2500K.

We've ticked our usual benchmark boxes with Cinebench rendering, x264 HD video and gaming on the CPU side.

Overclocking is a key competence for the Core i5 3570K and we're pleased to note it's another near-5GHz chip.

We've also had a look at the performance of the integrated HD Graphics core, both in games and its hardware-accelerated QuickSync transcode engine.

It's a decent step forward compared to the previous core, but it's still not a great gaming solution.

Single threaded CPU performance

Intel Core i5 3570K benchmarks

Multi-threaded CPU performance

Intel Core i5 3570K benchmarks

CPU encoding performance

Intel Core i5 3570K benchmarks

Gaming performance

Intel Core i5 3570K benchmarks

Processor graphics performance

Intel Core i5 3570K benchmarks

Quicksync performance

Intel Core i5 3570K benchmarks

Overclocking performance

Intel Core i5 3570K benchmarks

Intel Core i5 3570K benchmarks

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Thermal Design Power77 W
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 4000 Graphics
Product FamilyCore i5
L3 Cache6 MB
Clock Speed3.40 GHz
Processor SocketSocket H2 LGA-1155
Brand NameIntel
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Direct Media Interface5 GT/s
Width37.5 mm
Depth37.5 mm
L2 Cache1 MB
ManufacturerIntel Corporation
Product Modeli5-3570K
Product NameCore i5 Quad-core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Desktop Processor
Package TypeRetail
Product LineCore i5
Manufacturer Part NumberBX80637I53570K
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.intel.co.uk
Process Technology22 nm
Limited Warranty3 Year