Product on Review: Intel Core i5 3570K & Intel Core i7 3770K
Manufacturer : Intel
Street Price: 3570K - £179.99 3770K - £259.99
Last year Intel unveiled a new socket, platform and chipset that had its roots spanning back an entire decade and in just over a year the CPUs for this socket – codenamed Sandy Bridge are set to be superseded by what Intel are calling Ivy Bridge.
Just like Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge tackles both the mobile and desktop markets at the same time, Intel will be releasing a plethora of CPUs upon launch today and we shall be taking a look at two of their high-end desktop solutions within the 3rd Generation Core i5 and i7 families.
Sandy Bridge, whilst being an overwhelming success for Intel hasn’t had a very prosperous lifespan and though many will continue with respective P67/Z68 chipsets other enthusiasts have completely avoided Sandy Bridge due to Ivy Bridge being on the radar early on. Ivy Bridge may use the same socket as Sandy Bridge and have the same physical dimensions but underneath Intel have implemented 22nm technology – the first for their desktop (and mobile) processing solutions. With a smaller transistor size Intel can pack in even more power and efficiency.
Today we will be taking a look at Intel’s 3rd Generation Core i5 3570K and Core i7 3770K CPUs and investigating whether it’s really in your best interest to upgrade to CPU family and respective Z77 chipset.
Intel’s words on Ivy Bridge (3rd Generation)
A new PC can provide you with unique and expanded capabilities. And when it is powered by a visibly smart 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processor, it can deliver amazing performance. Smart features give your PC the ability to adapt to your needs, as well as stunning visuals built-in for an enhanced experience that you can both see and feel. You can enjoy a wide selection of entertainment, create and share your great memories, and explore and connect to what interests you most. Rediscover what’s possible with a new computer. The only thing more amazing than our technology is what you’ll do with it.