A Performance Check With Core i7-3770K
Last week was dominated by coverage of Microsoft's Windows 8.
- We reviewed the operating system itself in The Definitive Windows 8 Review And User Guide
- We published an update clarifying the contents of Microsoft's Media Center and Pro packs, along with app compatibility, in Windows 8: Clarifying Codecs, Compiling, And Compatibility
- We compared the performance of 10 games under two versions of Windows in Windows 8 Versus Windows 7: Game Performance, Benchmarked
- We broke out an older FX-8150 to see how its performance changed under Windows 8 in Windows 8: Does AMD's Bulldozer Architecture Benefit?
- We got a look at Dell's Windows 8-focused XPS and Inspiron product families in Dell Shows Off Its Entire Windows 8-Based Fall Line-Up
- We published Part 1 of our Windows RT-based Microsoft Surface review, called Microsoft Surface Review, Part 1: Performance And Display Quality
There will be more Windows 8-oriented coverage coming, of course. But we wanted to wrap the week up with one last look at system performance using a Core i7-3770K-based platform, adding a couple of synthetic tests not purposely bound by processor performance.
So, do we see the same outcome from Core i7-3770K as what we realized from the FX-8150? We'll start with a look at our test platform, and go from there.
|Motherboard (LGA 1155)||Asus P8Z77-V Pro, Chipset: Intel Z77 Express, BIOS: 1504|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-3770K (22 nm, Ivy Bridge, D2), 4C/8T, 3.5 GHz, 4 x 256 KB L2 Cache, 8 MB Shared L3 Cache, w/ HD Graphics 4000, 77 W TDP, 3.9 GHz max. Turbo|
|Memory||2 x 8 GB DDR3-1600, Corsair Vengeance CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10|
|Graphics Card||Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 FleX, GPU: Pitcairn (1000 MHz), Graphics RAM: 2048 MB GDDR5 (1200 MHz), Stream Processors: 1280|
|System Drive||Samsung PM810, 256 GB, SATA 3Gb/s, MZ5PA256HMDR|
|Power Supply Unit||PC Power & Cooling, Silencer 750EPS12V 750 W|
|Operating System I||Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1|
|Operating System II||Windows 8 Pro x64 RTM|
|AMD Radeon Driver||AMD Catalyst 12.8 Suite for Windows 7|
|AMD Radeon Driver||AMD Catalyst 12.8 Suite for Windows 8|
|Intel Chipset Driver||Chipset Installation Utility Version 126.96.36.1999|
Pictured below is the complete configuration we used for testing, including an Ivy Bridge-based Core i7-3770K, an SSD, 16 GB of DDR3-1600 memory, and Sapphire’s Radeon HD 7870 FleX graphics card.
Sapphire's Radeon HD 7870 FleX has a custom cooling solution with two fans. It does particularly well in OpenCL-based workloads, where AMD’s Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture does well.