- Processor: Intel i7-3770K
- Motherboard: Intel DZ77GA-70K
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 2*2 GB DDR3 2000 CL9
- GPU: HIS HD5870 iCooler Turbo / Intel HD 4000
- SDD: Samsung 830-series 256 GB
- Power supply: Xigmatek NRP-HC1201
For the benchmarks we used the same setup as in the earlier CPU-reviews. The HD 5870 is definitely showing its age, but does its job in giving comparable results. During the benchmarks the Turbo-feature was in use, so depending on the test the effective clock speed of the processor varied between 3,5 and 3,9 GHz. We never reviewed the Sandy Bridge, so the closest competitor from Intel is the i7-870. From AMD's side of things the graphs of course include the FX-8150 and also the fastest quad- and hex-core Phenoms we've reviewed.
Starting off with 3Dmark Vantage and already at stock speed the i7-3770K is the fastest of this lot. The difference between the stock speed i7-3770K and the i7-870 is 33%, with the first AMD falling even further behind.
X3: Terran Conflict
Another 3D-test and the pole position remains. The difference compared to the next stock CPU - Phenom 980BE - is 39%, which is even bigger than I'd expected. That said, all of the CPUs are capable of running the test at playable frame rate.
In the first actual CPU-test it's the same story, with the i7-3770K taking an easy victory over the overclocked FX-8150 in the single thread test and following close behind even in the multi-threaded test. When overclocked, the i7-3770K beats the overclocked Bulldozer by almost 25%, which is excellent news for the Ivy Bridge and also absolutely devastating for the Bulldozer, which is supposedly at its best in multi-threaded tests such as the Cinebench.
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