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Intel: Ivy Bridge

CPU Charts 2012: 86 Processors From AMD And Intel, Tested
By , Achim Roos

Ivy Bridge is Intel's current-generation design. The company's tick-tock cadence establishes a new architecture (the tick), and then follows it up with a updated manufacturing technology (the tock). That way, the next tick is implemented on a mature process, paring back some of the risk associated with transitioning to a significantly-updated architecture.

After the tick that was Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge employs a very similar design on a 22 nm process. Intel maintains its Core i3, i5, and i7 nomenclature, updating the model names to reflect a third generation. Fortunately, Ivy Bridge-based chips drop into the same LGA 1155 interface as the Sandy Bridge-based parts.

Though its x86 cores remain largely the same, Ivy Bridge does offer a more advanced graphics engine, along with a memory controller that officially supports 1,600 MT/s data rates. The unlocked parts boast maximum multipliers of 63x (up from Sandy Bridge's 57x), and the entire line-up includes 16 lanes of PCI Express 3.0 connectivity.

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Benchmarked Intel Ivy Bridge-Based CPUs:

Ivy BridgeCode NameRev.SocketNumber of
Cores
Clock
Frequency
L2 CacheL3 CacheiGPUMemory
Controller
TDP
Core i5-3450Ivy BridgeE1115543.1 GHz4 x 256 KB6 MBHD Graphics 2500
650-1100 MHz
integrated up to DDR3-160077 W
Core i5-3470Ivy BridgeE1115543.2 GHz4 x 256 KB6 MBHD Graphics 2500
650-1100 MHz
integrated up to DDR3-160077 W
Core i5-3550Ivy BridgeE1115543.3 GHz4 x 256 KB6 MBHD Graphics 2500
650-1100 MHz
integrated up to DDR3-160077 W
Core i5-3570KIvy BridgeE1115543.4 GHz4 x 256 KB6 MBHD Graphics 4000
650-1100 MHz
integrated up to DDR3-160077 W
Core i7-3770KIvy BridgeE1115543.5 GHz4 x 256 KB8 MBHD Graphics 4000
650-1100 MHz
integrated up to DDR3-160077 W
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    amdfangirl , December 24, 2012 3:18 AM
    Sometimes I wish you updated legacy CPUs like the Core 2 Duo or even perhaps the Athlon 64 X2 series, just one or two models so that people upgrading can have an idea how much faster the CPU is in relation to their new purchase.
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    mayankleoboy1 , December 24, 2012 3:46 AM
    Great benchmarks.
    But i want some processors which were legendary overclockers, and representatives of their generation of CPU's, included with a nominal OC :

    intel C2D E7300 : 2.66- > 3.33
    Intel C2Q Q6600 : 2.4- > 3.0ghz
    Intel i5-750 : 2.66 - >3.33

    Its highly likely that a person has owned at least one of these CPU's. I want to know how well these compare to modern processors.
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    johnsonjohnson , December 24, 2012 3:29 AM
    Sandy and Ivy i3s are MIA.
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  • 49 Hide
    amdfangirl , December 24, 2012 3:18 AM
    Sometimes I wish you updated legacy CPUs like the Core 2 Duo or even perhaps the Athlon 64 X2 series, just one or two models so that people upgrading can have an idea how much faster the CPU is in relation to their new purchase.
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    Anonymous , December 24, 2012 3:24 AM
    Where are the Visual Studio Test results?
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    johnsonjohnson , December 24, 2012 3:29 AM
    Sandy and Ivy i3s are MIA.
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    emperor piehead , December 24, 2012 3:30 AM
    Why is the fx6300 missing i wanted to see how it fit into this
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    jupiter optimus maximus , December 24, 2012 3:36 AM
    Thanks Toms, now i know that i can get double the performance and 3/4 the power consumption going from AMD 955 to a Core i5 3570K.
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    mayankleoboy1 , December 24, 2012 3:46 AM
    Great benchmarks.
    But i want some processors which were legendary overclockers, and representatives of their generation of CPU's, included with a nominal OC :

    intel C2D E7300 : 2.66- > 3.33
    Intel C2Q Q6600 : 2.4- > 3.0ghz
    Intel i5-750 : 2.66 - >3.33

    Its highly likely that a person has owned at least one of these CPU's. I want to know how well these compare to modern processors.
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    mayankleoboy1 , December 24, 2012 3:52 AM
    And please update the Winrar to version 4.2 . The 3.9 you are using is quite old and has poor multithreading.
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    bak0n , December 24, 2012 4:00 AM
    amdfangirlSometimes I wish you updated legacy CPUs like the Core 2 Duo or even perhaps the Athlon 64 X2 series, just one or two models so that people upgrading can have an idea how much faster the CPU is in relation to their new purchase.

    I always wish this. Beyond that the AM3 Athlon X2's are still being sold at newegg and the Phenom X2's are not...
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    Soma42 , December 24, 2012 4:00 AM
    amdfangirlSometimes I wish you updated legacy CPUs like the Core 2 Duo or even perhaps the Athlon 64 X2 series, just one or two models so that people upgrading can have an idea how much faster the CPU is in relation to their new purchase.


    Agreed, maybe just one dual core and one quad? q9550 and e6850? not that I still own both of those or anything...

    But let's do some math. Just for a rough order of magnitude I figure an average of 15% increase in performance per clock cycle, per generation (not including clock speed, number of cores, etc.). So if we start back at Conroe and work our way to present day Ivy Bridge, that's 5 new generations of processors. 1.15^5 = 2.01

    Which means that an Ivy Bridge CPU at the same speed as a Conroe CPU (2006ish) is about 2x as fast per clock cycle, on average. Once you take into account faster clock speeds, number of cores, cache sizes, integrated memory controllers, etc. and more importantly what software will be used with the CPUs the real world performance difference could be almost nothing to somewhere around 10-15x as fast.

    I digress. The point being, is I would like to see some more benchies Tom's! Prove me wrong!
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    flyflinger , December 24, 2012 4:01 AM
    Lot of great info here, but missing Core i3 info leaves a big hole in the data point. Please add.
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    JOSHSKORN , December 24, 2012 4:09 AM
    amdfangirlSometimes I wish you updated legacy CPUs like the Core 2 Duo or even perhaps the Athlon 64 X2 series, just one or two models so that people upgrading can have an idea how much faster the CPU is in relation to their new purchase.

    Yes! Core 2 Duo E6750 CPU owner here.
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    Onikage , December 24, 2012 4:14 AM
    A Proud Owner of 2700K here !
    i'll skip ivy and Haswell as well with this Sensational Cpu at 4.6Ghz
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    EzioAs , December 24, 2012 4:14 AM
    I believe the i5-2500K has a 95W TDP instead of 65W.
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    Sumukh_Bhagat , December 24, 2012 4:16 AM
    This is very Helpful. Now I knew that I did a very good work upgrading to 3470. ;) 
    There should be i3 3220 too. Really wanted to know about that.
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    A Bad Day , December 24, 2012 4:21 AM
    amdfangirlSometimes I wish you updated legacy CPUs like the Core 2 Duo or even perhaps the Athlon 64 X2 series, just one or two models so that people upgrading can have an idea how much faster the CPU is in relation to their new purchase.


    Throw in a Pentium 4 as a reminder to those folks who still think they can run BF3 on a 1.8 GHz Willamette.


    And as for fun, there should've been a CPU rendering test. Windows 7 has a function that allows a CPU do to DX10 graphics, completely bypassing the GPU. The only obviously issue that CPUs are terrible compared to GPUs when it comes to graphics.

    http://www.istartedsomething.com/20081126/direct3d-warp10-to-enable-you-to-play-dx10-crysis-using-software-renderer-only-albeit-slowly/
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    tomfreak , December 24, 2012 4:43 AM
    amdfangirlSometimes I wish you updated legacy CPUs like the Core 2 Duo or even perhaps the Athlon 64 X2 series, just one or two models so that people upgrading can have an idea how much faster the CPU is in relation to their new purchase.
    Agreed, 1 Core 2 duo/quad 65nm & Core 2 duo/quad 45nm.

    There is no need to bench 2600K/2700K & Core i5-2300/Core i5-2310, just one of the 2 set will do, because we all know their performance is close to identical.
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    nebun , December 24, 2012 4:58 AM
    amd has a lot of work to do
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    JebbyC , December 24, 2012 5:14 AM
    Is it just me or are the Mafia II frame rates really low?
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    Cryio , December 24, 2012 5:18 AM
    Why are there no Vishera CPUs in the charts?
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    Cryio , December 24, 2012 5:19 AM
    "Of course, as we all know now, the Piledriver-based Vishera parts are available, and have been since late October. Worry not; we are in the process of running several more processors based on Piledriver through the same suite of benchmarks, and will be updating the charts soon"

    Sorry, didn't get to read that :D 
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