TechSpot: Intel Core i7-3770K (Ivy Bridge) Review

Since late last year Ivy Bridge seems to be the architecture everyone is waiting for. Although Intel is only anticipating a 10–15% processing performance bump when compared to Sandy Bridge, the big news comes in the form of improved graphics and efficiency, thanks to the move to a 22nm design process using new 3D transistor technology we recently explained in detail here.

Today the company is unveiling its full new line of Core i7 and Core i5 processors, accompanying chipsets and Centrino wireless options. Ivy Bridge is a 'tick' release, but Intel is calling it a tick+ due to the more significant overhaul the graphics side of things is getting. The new chips are set to provide 20–50% better GPU performance over Sandy Bridge, the kind of jump we'd normally expect from a tock release.

Having already discussed the new Tri-Gate transistors in great detail, the new 7-series chipsets, and some of the motherboards that use them, we are going to focus primarily on the Core i7-3770K processor in this review.

Read: Testing Ivy Bridge: Intel Core i7-3770K Reviewed

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Tager said,
This would be an upgrade from my Pentium Celeron

Well I have seen laptops with sandy bridge chips branded as Celeron, so that could be misleading. Now my ancient p2 with 64 megs, now thats something else.

the 3570T looks nice. I'm using a athlon x3 455 in my file server, but it's got like a 65-90 Watt TDP...going to a 3570T should reduce power/heat in my system...might have to look into this.

xpclient said,
One good thing is Ivy Bridge-E which will arrive in 2013 should be compatible with X79.

Not 100% sure of this but I think I read that IVB-E won't be using LGA2011 but something different.

streetw0lf said,

Not 100% sure of this but I think I read that IVB-E won't be using LGA2011 but something different.

Correct, I had done alot of research into a new PC Build, and it seems (for now) Ivy will not be compat with (or even making) socket 2011 versions. I cannot for the life of me find an X79 board with decent reviews other than the Sabertooth. Anyone here have any suggestions?

billyea said,
Will the performance jump be more noticable on a laptop?

I think so. We are finally going to see more decent machines starting at the 400$ range.

Whats even extra special about these processors is they were largely developed in Israel in the great city of Haifa.

sam232 said,
Whats even extra special about these processors is they were largely developed in Israel in the great city of Haifa.

so?

recursive said,

so?

With savage neighbors all willing to destroy Israel and the continued threat of nuclear attack from Pakistan/Iran I think its a wonderful achievement. It just goes to show you that Israel has done a fantastic job to keep its territory stable so that companies like Intel can undertake such a huge project (like the Ivy Bridge processor) in the country.

By the way, less than a century ago "the great city of Haifa" used to be a prosperous Palestinian civic hub; Haifa is an Arabic word that means 'district by the beach'. I wonder what on earth happened in the city so that the only thing remaining from that era is its name!

many applications it is only 5% faster. the gpu is better but still too bad for gaming, quicksync is a lot better and power consumption under load is better. More of a minor update really, not worth upgrading from sandy bridge.

torrentthief said,
many applications it is only 5% faster. the gpu is better but still too bad for gaming, quicksync is a lot better and power consumption under load is better. More of a minor update really, not worth upgrading from sandy bridge.

When you OC it's a different story

Jerid said,

When you OC it's a different story

No. On the forums it was clearly stated that due to the smaller die the Processor rose temperatures very high (90°C) when using system cooling,
This means that Sandy-Bridge-E processors are better when it comes to overclocking.

torrentthief said,
many applications it is only 5% faster. the gpu is better but still too bad for gaming, quicksync is a lot better and power consumption under load is better. More of a minor update really, not worth upgrading from sandy bridge.

The 22nm and Intel Graphics 4000 and 3D transistors are plenty upgrades for me.

xendrome said,

They aren't really meant to be...

Yes, but quite a few people were waiting for improved graphic performance, sure its improved but not that much...

Site Lab said,

Yes, but quite a few people were waiting for improved graphic performance, sure its improved but not that much...

I'd say 40% better is that much.