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Intel Core i5-3470 review

Intel Core i5-3470 Performance Analysis

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Overall rating 8.5/10
Performance:
8.5
Features:
8
Value:
8.5
THE GOOD
Decent overall performance
Much improved power efficiency
Rather competitive pricing
THE BAD
Performance boost not enough to warrant upgrade from previous generation
Limited overclocking headroom


Test Setup

 Test Setup

The new Core i5-3470 was tested using Intel’s reference Z77 motherboard - the DZ77GA-70K. The new Ivy Bridge processors have improved official memory support for up to DDR3-1600MHz. And since we have already established the minor performance gains going from DDR3-1333MHz to DDR3-1600MHz, the Core i5-3470 will only be tested at DDR3-1600MHz memory speeds.

For comparison, we’ll be pitting the Core i5-3470 against the the Core i5-2500 and Core i5-2400. These two Sandy Bridge CPUs have the closest clock speeds to the Core i5-3470. With a base frequency of 3.2GHz, the Core i5-3470 comes in right between in the Core i5-2500 and Core i5-2400, which have base clock speeds of 3.3GHz and 3.1GHz respectively. Since we don’t have a Core i5-2500, we’ll be using the Core i5-2500K in our results comparison. The Core i5-2500K is almost identical to the Core i5-2500, except that it has an unlocked CPU multiplier and also the more powerful HD Graphics 3000 GPU as compared to the HD Graphics 2000 on the Core i5-2500/2400 CPUs.

We have also included results of the flagship Core i7-3770K, and previous generation high-end Sandy Bridge-E processors, along with the lone eight-core AMD FX-8150.

 Intel Core i5-3470 / Intel Core i7-3770K / Intel Core i7-2700K Test Configuration

  • Intel Desktop Board DZ77GA-70K (Intel Z77 Express chipset), BIOS version 3000
  • 2 x 2GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600 (CAS 9-9-9-27) (Also ran at DDR3-1333MHz, CAS 7-7-7-20)
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 260 (ForceWare 197.45)
  • Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6Gbps hard drive (one single NTFS partition)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
  • Intel INF 9.3.0.1020

Intel Core i7-3960X / Intel Core i7-3820 Test Configuration

  • Intel Desktop Board DX79SI (Intel X79 Express chipset), BIOS version 0280
  • 4 x 2GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600 (CAS 9-9-9-27)
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 260 (ForceWare 197.45)
  • Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6Gbps hard drive (one single NTFS partition)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
  • Intel INF 9.2.3.1022

Intel Core i7-2600K / Intel Core i5-2500K / Intel Core i5-2400 Test Configuration

  • ASUS P8P67 Deluxe (Intel P67 chipset), BIOS: 0602
  • 2 x 2GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1333 (CAS 7-7-7-20)
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 260 OC (ForceWare 197.45)
  • WD Caviar Black 1TB, SATA 6G (Intel SATA 6G)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
  • Intel INF 9.2.0.1015

AMD FX-8150 Test Configuration

  • ASUS Crosshair V Formula (AMD 990FX + SB950, 0813 BIOS)
  • 2 x 2GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1333 (7-7-7-20)
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 260 OC (ForceWare 197.45)
  • AMD Chipset driver
  • WD Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6G (AMD SATA 6G)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)