Intel Core i5-3570K vs i7-960
Intel Core i5-3570K advantages
- Operating frequency of the processor is higher than the frequency of the Core i7-960.
- The CPU incorporates AES, or Advanced Encryption Standard, instructions. This extension provides hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption, and is valuable if you need to protect your disk or network data.
- The microprocessor includes AVX and F16C instructions, introduced in the recent past. These extensions are not widely supported by applications yet, however their support should improve in future apps.
- The processor has clock multiplier unlocked. As a result, the CPU can be easily overclocked on most motherboards to get greater performance. Be aware that overclocking can void processor warranty.
- The microprocessor comes with integrated HD 4000 graphics unit. This graphics can be used for casual gaming and 3D applications.
- Power consumption of the i5-3570K is lower.
Intel Core i7-960 advantages
- The processor includes Hyper-Threading technology, which allows this CPU to execute twice as many threads.
i5-3570K vs i7-960 specifications comparison
The charts below compare the most important i7-960 and Core i5-3570K features. These characteristics, as well as an IPC (instructions per cycle) number, determine how well a microprocessor performs. The "Number of cores / threads" graph shows the number of cores (darker area). Lighter area on the graph corresponds to the number of extra threads, provided by Hyper-Threading technology. The "Operating frequency" chart uses dark color to represent base frequency, while lighter area is for additional frequency, provided by Turbo feature. Darker area on the "On-chip cache" graph is for the On-chip L2 cache. Lighter area is for the L3 cache cache. Although the L3 cache cache is usually larger than the On-chip L2 cache, it is always slower.
The number of cores / threads
Higher is better
Higher is better
On-chip L2 + L3 cache
Higher is better
Thermal Design Power
Lower is better
- Intel Core i5-3570K - Intel Core i7-960
Detailed side by side comparison of Core i5-3570K vs Intel Core i7-960 specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab.
Pros and Cons summary
|Core i5-3570K|| ||Core i7-960|
Supports AVX / F16C instructions,
Allows effortless overclocking,
Integrates HD 4000 GPU,
Needs less power
Handles more simultaneous threads
Executes fewer threads
Has lower operating frequency,
Does not support some instructions,
No on-chip graphics,
Considerably higher power consumption,
Similar microprocessors use the same socket and architecture as i5-3570K and Intel Core i7-960.
Please visit Intel Core i5-3570K and Intel Core i7-960 pages for more complete specifications of both microprocessors.
| ||Intel Core i5-3570K||Intel Core i7-960|
|Family||Core i5||Core i7|
|CPU part number||CM8063701211800|
|Box part number||BX80637I53570K|
|Introduction date||April 23, 2012||October 18, 2009|
|Current official price||$225 (as of Jun 2013)|| |
|Core name||Ivy Bridge||Bloomfield|
|Platform name|| ||X58|
|Data width (bits)||64|
|Socket||Socket 1155||Socket 1366|
|Turbo Frequency (MHz)||3800 / 3800 / 3700 / 3600||3467 / 3333 / 3333 / 3333|
|Bus speed (MHz)|| ||2400 (HT/QPI)|
|L1 cache||128 KB (code) / 128 KB (data)|
|L2 cache (KB)||1024|
|L3 cache (KB)||6144||8192|
|Core voltage (V)|| ||0.8 - 1.375|
|Instruction set extensions|
|AES / Advanced Encryption Standard||+||-|
|AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology||+|
|AVX / Advanced Vector Extensions||+||-|
|F16C / 16-bit Floating-Point conversion||+||-|
|SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3||+|
|PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep||+|
|Turbo Core / Turbo Boost||+|
|Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit||+|
|GPU Type||HD 4000||None|
|Integrated Memory Controller(s)|
|The number of controllers||1|
|Supported memory||DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600||DDR3|
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