SYSMark is not the best benchmark for tough multi-threaded workloads, so it wasn’t all that surprising to see that the Core i5-3470 wasn’t that far off from the flagship Core i7-3770K, which has HyperThreading. Compared to the Core i5-2500K and Core i5-2400, the new chip achieved an overall score that was about 7% better. And looking at the breakdown, we can see that it has the biggest advantage when it comes to video creation and 3D.
Performance on Lightwave 3D was up to our expectations. On the Tracer-Radiosity scenario, it did noticeably better than the both the Core i5-2400 and Core i5-2500K and was quite a good match for even the Core i7-2700K - up until the 8 threads run where it lost out due to its lack of HyperThreading. It did even better on the Sunset scenario, where it bested every processor except for the Core i7-3770K.