Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Ivy Bridge Processor Review

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Test System & Specifics

Before we look at the numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done on a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. All of the systems ran an AMD Radeon HD 6950 graphics with Catalyst 11.10 Preview drivers, a Crucial C300 256GB SSD with firmware version 0009, a Corsair HX850W power supply and ran a total of 8GB DDR3 memory at CL9 timings (1.50V), with the exception of AMD Phenom II processors that were limited to 1600MHz with CL9 timings. We kept the video cards, power supplies, solid-state drives, memory timings and voltages identical to make sure the processors were being kept in the hot seat.

Intel X79/LGA2011 Platform

Intel LGA2011 Test System

The Intel X79 platform that we used to test the Intel LGA 2011 processors
was running the Intel DX79SI motherboard with BIOS 0380 that came out on 11/28/2011. The Corsair Dominator GTX4 8GB 2400MHz quad channel memory kit was set to 1866MHz with 1.5v and 9-10-9-28 1T memory timings. We also used a Zalman CNPS12X CPU Cooler. CPU-Z version 1.58.7 does not properly read the Intel Core i7-3960 processor, so the memory clock settings are not being shown correctly.

Intel X79 Test Settings


Intel Z68 Platform

Intel Z68 Test System

The Intel Z68 platform that we used to test the Intel 1155 processors was running the Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 motherboard with BIOS F11
that came out on 2/21/2012. The Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1866MHz memory kit was set to 1866MHz with 1.5v and 9-10-9-24 1T memory timings.

Intel Z68 Test Settings

The AMD FM1 ‘Llano’ Test System:

AMD Llano APU Test System

The test system was run in dual-channel memory mode at 1866MHz with
9-10-9-28 1T memory timings. The Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H motherboard was
running BIOS F3, which was the latest build available when testing was
completed. You can see all of the CPU-Z and GPU-Z information for this test platform below.

AMD Socket FM1 Test Settings

AMD AM3+ Platform

AMD AM3+ Test System

The AMD AM3+ platform that we used to test the AMD Phenom and FX processors were run on the ASUS Crosshair V Formula motherboard with BIOS 9901
that came out on 9/26/2011. The Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1866MHz memory kit was set to 1866MHz with 1.5v and 9-10-9-28 1T memory timings on the AMD FX-8150 and then at 1600MHz with 1.5v and 9-10-9-28 1T memory timings on the Phenom II X4 and Phenom II X6 processors.

Intel Z68 Test Settings

The integrated graphics comes up as Radeon HD 6530D according to GPU-Z and we used AMD CATALYST 11.6 drivers for testing.

AMD Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

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Processor

A8-3850 / A6-3650

Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H Click Here

Memory

8GB GSKILL Ripjaws 1866 Click Here

Video Card

AMD Radeon HD 6950

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Hard Drive

Crucial C300 256GB SSD

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Cooling

AMD Retail Boxed

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Power Supply

Corsair HX850W

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Operating System

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit

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