Intel Core i5-3570K vs i7-960

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Intel Core i5-3570K advantages



Intel Core i5-3570K
  • 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



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  • 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
9
7.2
5.4
3.6
1.8
0
 
 
4
 
8
 
 
Higher is better
Operating frequency
5
4
3
2
1
0
 
 
3.8GHz
 
3.47GHz
 
 
Higher is better
On-chip L2 + L3 cache
10
8
6
4
2
0
 
 
7MB
 
9MB
 
 
Higher is better
Thermal Design Power
200
160
120
80
40
0
 
 
77W
 
130W
 
 
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
General recommendations:
Clocked higher,
Supports AVX / F16C instructions,
Allows effortless overclocking,
Integrates HD 4000 GPU,
Needs less power
  General recommendations:
Handles more simultaneous threads

Drawbacks:

Executes fewer threads
 

Drawbacks:

Has lower operating frequency,
Does not support some instructions,
No on-chip graphics,
Considerably higher power consumption,
Obsolete socket

Similar processors

Core i5-3570K Core i7-960
 

Similar microprocessors use the same socket and architecture as i5-3570K and Intel Core i7-960.

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Specifications

Please visit Intel Core i5-3570K and Intel Core i7-960 pages for more complete specifications of both microprocessors.

 Intel Core i5-3570KIntel Core i7-960
Market segmentDesktop
ManufacturerIntel
FamilyCore i5Core i7
Basic details
Model numberi5-3570Ki7-960
CPU part numberCM8063701211800
CM8063701211801
AT80601002727AA
Box part numberBX80637I53570K
BXC80637I53570K
BX80601960
BXC80601960
Introduction dateApril 23, 2012October 18, 2009
Current official price$225 (as of Mar 2014) 
 
CPU features
Core nameIvy BridgeBloomfield
Platform name X58
MicroarchitectureIvy BridgeNehalem
Technology (micron)0.0220.045
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket 1155Socket 1366
Frequency (MHz)34003200
Turbo Frequency (MHz)3800 / 3800 / 3700 / 36003467 / 3333 / 3333 / 3333
Bus speed (MHz) 2400 (HT/QPI)
Clock Multiplier3424
L1 cache128 KB (code) / 128 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)1024
L3 cache (KB)61448192
Max temperature (°C) 67.9
TDP (Watt)77130
Core voltage (V) 0.8 - 1.375
Cores4
Threads48
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
AES / Advanced Encryption Standard+-
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
AVX / Advanced Vector Extensions+-
F16C / 16-bit Floating-Point conversion+-
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1+
SSE4.2+
SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3+
 
Supported technologies
Hyper-Threading-+
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Turbo Core / Turbo Boost+
Unlocked multiplier+-
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeHD 4000None
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers1
Memory channels23
Supported memoryDDR3-1333, DDR3-1600DDR3-800, DDR3-1066
Notes:

Rows with different specifications or features are highlighted.

For detailed specifications of "Intel Core i5-3570K" or "Intel Core i7-960" parts please click on the links in the table header.

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