Intel Core i7-3770K Review: A Small Step Up From Sandy Bridge

Benchmark Results: Adobe CS 5.5

Here, the -3770K ties its predecessor, making for a wholly unimpressive finish.

Not surprisingly, both six-core Intel CPUs turn in the fastest times. But it actually is quite a shock to see AMD’s FX-8150 slotting in ahead of the Bridges, particularly after finishing so far behind in the previous tests. It just goes to show that Bulldozer isn’t beyond the point of redemption.

Officially, Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 680 is too new to be supported by Adobe’s Mercury Playback Engine. Off the record, it’d still be pretty easy to add the card to Premiere Pro’s text document-based list of compatible cards.

At any rate, the current lack of support makes it really easy for us to stack CPUs up against each other without interference from a graphics card. And from that experiment, we again see the six-core Sandy Bridge-E parts tearing through our Paladin workload. Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge take third and fourth place, separated by 36 seconds.

The gap between the rest of the field is far more substantial. Curiously, AMD’s FX falls to the bottom of the stack, unable to overcome its six-core predecessor, Phenom II X6 1100T.

Separation between the Intel-based contenders is narrow. But the gap between the slowest Intel chip, Core i7-3930K, and the fastest AMD processor, Phenom II X6 1100T, is larger.

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  • SSri
    Thanks for the pretty quick review. The HD 4000 may be a tempting factor for many low-end desktop users. High-end users are unlikely to switch to IB. Unless extensive future reviews show a different picture, Sandy Bridge would be the CPU for my high-end new build!
  • HEXiT
    4% on average is a pretty small performance bump from a dye shrink i was hoping that ivy was gonna be in the region of 10% but i guess a small bump is better than none. still not a big enough jump for me to give up my old i7 920... ah well maybe haswell will deliver.
  • damian86
    Well I think this will be improved in no-time, the guys are doing well in their new architecture and finding new ways to make the big jump. This is like testing, their stuff is good enough to get on the market and they can earn a lot of credits that will help them to keep working hard with new stuff.I really liked their quick sync thing.
    I still don't know the negative points in including gpus in cpus.
  • mi1ez
    US comp. You would think they could put that somewhere in the article.
  • kaprikawn
    I'm personally very excited by Ivy Bridge. I'm not planning on replacing the first gen i5 in my gaming rig, I can't see the benefit. But I'm looking at replacing the Sempron 1100LE in my server with one of the low power i3 chips when they come out. For a computer that runs 24/7, power consumption and noise are fairly important to me for that machine. The Sempron and the low end i3 have similar TPD ratings, but there's a gulf of difference in performance.
  • Anonymous
    An unlocked, "K" variant of the i3, or Pentium-G? That might get people excited...
  • K3v1n
    I'm happy with my FX-6100...Even if I had the money, I wouldn't upgrade it, except for maybe a 8150. This CPU is amazing, and no review on here or anywhere really does it justice. It handles every game i throw, I can convert a 6gb HD video to MP4 in 5 mins WHILE photoshop, and a game is running
  • army_ant7
    I still do wish that Intel offered a cheaper or more powerful CPU without the built-in GPU. It seems like a big waste of time, work, and die space (and maybe even money) for, esp. now, such a big GPU portion. But maybe from the business/profit-spending point of view, it really is better for Intel as a company to have GPU's built-in irregardless.

    I'm interested in hearing from anyone else's thoughts on this.
  • AndrewdAzotus
    I see and hear about the reasons for not upgrading from Sandy-bridge to Ivy-bridge, but I would be interested in pointers for someone who has not had a desktop for about 5 years but is now looking for a new architecture which will be as long lasting as possible so I can buy a good ($200-$300) motherboard and a cheaper processor with a view to upgrading all components (memory / graphics etc) on the motherboard as time and money permits. I'm thinking either 1150 or 2011 but would appreciate some general guidance