Windows 8: Double-Checking Performance On Core i7-3770K

After giving Windows 8 our attention last week, we're following up with one more look at performance using a Core i7-3770K processor. Are there any aberrations to note, or does Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture demonstrate the same behavior as Bulldozer?

Last week was dominated by coverage of Microsoft's Windows 8.

There will be more Windows 8-oriented coverage coming, of course. But we wanted to wrap the week up with one last look at system performance using a Core i7-3770K-based platform, adding a couple of synthetic tests not purposely bound by processor performance. 

So, do we see the same outcome from Core i7-3770K as what we realized from the FX-8150? We'll start with a look at our test platform, and go from there.

Benchmark System
Motherboard (LGA 1155)Asus P8Z77-V Pro, Chipset: Intel Z77 Express, BIOS: 1504
CPUIntel Core i7-3770K (22 nm, Ivy Bridge, D2), 4C/8T, 3.5 GHz, 4 x 256 KB L2 Cache, 8 MB Shared L3 Cache, w/ HD Graphics 4000, 77 W TDP, 3.9 GHz max. Turbo
Memory2 x 8 GB DDR3-1600, Corsair Vengeance CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10
Graphics CardSapphire Radeon HD 7870 FleX, GPU: Pitcairn (1000 MHz), Graphics RAM: 2048 MB GDDR5 (1200 MHz), Stream Processors: 1280
System DriveSamsung PM810, 256 GB, SATA 3Gb/s, MZ5PA256HMDR
Power Supply UnitPC Power & Cooling, Silencer 750EPS12V 750 W
Operating Systems
Operating System IWindows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
Operating System IIWindows 8 Pro x64 RTM
AMD Radeon Driver
AMD Catalyst 12.8 Suite for Windows 7
AMD Radeon Driver
AMD Catalyst 12.8 Suite for Windows 8
Intel Chipset DriverChipset Installation Utility Version 9.​3.​0.​1019

Benchmark System

Pictured below is the complete configuration we used for testing, including an Ivy Bridge-based Core i7-3770K, an SSD, 16 GB of DDR3-1600 memory, and Sapphire’s Radeon HD 7870 FleX graphics card.

Sapphire's Radeon HD 7870 FleX has a custom cooling solution with two fans. It does particularly well in OpenCL-based workloads, where AMD’s Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture does well.

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  • braincruser
    Please do a Battery life test on windows 8, i am getting reports from mine about 2 extra hours on idle and 1 extra hour of video playback.
  • Ceee9
    What cooler is that? Cpu cooler.
  • snakefist
    hey, nice test... but it uses high-end hardware, and there were lots of initial promises by microsoft regarding lower memory footprint etc...

    also, if used on some fairly old laptop, maybe it would be interesting to findout what are performance differences. also, i second a battery test

    best of luck
  • bigirishman
    I still dislike windows 8. Its p$$ed me off from the day I bought it. At least its not another vista. (sorry vista lovers). Drivers from microsoft and graphics card manufacturers hopefully will get up to scratch. I shouldn't complain. i only paid £50 for it.