The power consumption test is yet another area where the Ivy Bridge really shines! Intel has been doing well in power consumption tests ever since the first C2D's
came out, and have been improving the power efficiency ever since and with the new 22 nm process the TDP of the chips has fallen again. At stock speed the i7-3770K
uses the least power at both idle and load, and even when overclocked the power consumption is lower than on any AMD-setup par the Athlon X4 640.
Editor's Choice Award!
We do CPU-reviews quite rarely, which makes them that more interesting. It's nice to every now and then check what sort of performance and features the latest
platforms pack, and this time it was time to check out what's new on Intel's lineup. While the Ivy Bridge isn't really bringing any ground-breaking innovations to the
mix, it's still a nice update from Sandy Bridge, bringing USB3-support, lower power consumption and updated graphics to the mix .The stock performance turned out to be
impressive, but the easy overclocking and overclocked performance were what really made the i7-3770K enter a league of its own. Doing all this at very low power
consumption and also packing integrated graphics capable of light gaming earns the i7-3770K our Editor's Choice-award.
The i7-3770K currently sells at around 330 €, while the i5-3570K model is roughly 230 euros. For gaming use the i5 without hyper threading and with 100 € save can
be worth considering.