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Intel Core i7-3770K - A Performance Analysis

By Wong Chung Wee - 24 Apr 2012

Results - 3ds Max 8 (SP2) & Futuremark 3DMark Vantage

Results - 3ds Max 8 (SP2)

The Light Tracer is a less-taxing renderer and Intel i7-3770K processor only managed to pull ahead of the Sandy Bridge CPUs by a margin of under 10%. It lost to Intel Core i7-3820 by just over 4.6%. The difference among the Sandy Bridge-E based CPUs and the Intel I7-3770K processor was just a few percentage points (less than 1% to slightly over 3%) when using the more strenuous Radiosity renderer, underscoring the strengths of the new Ivy Bridge processor under load.


Results - Futuremark 3DMark Vantage

The Overall Score of this benchmark doesn't reveal much about the capabilities of the CPUs, with their scores almosting flat-lining - further affirming that this is a purely graphics card heavy benchmark. The CPU scores reveal the strengths and weaknesses of the Ivy Bridge processor. It pulled ahead of the Sandy Bridge-based chips, beating the more powerful Intel i7-2700K by a margin of almost 4%. It trailed behind the Sandy Bridge-E camp, behind the Intel i7-3820 by a just 1.81%. (We are using the score when the memory module were ran at their rated clock frequency of 1600MHz; the 'slower' memory clock run was accompanied with tighter memory timings which triggered better overall CPU performance in this test).


  • Performance 8
  • Features 8
  • Value 8
The Good
Relatively good performance
Power efficiency has improved
Easier to overclock
Integrated 16-lane PCIe 3.0 controller
The Bad
No major architectural changes in CPU
Integrated graphics performance could be better