|Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge Processor|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Monday, 23 April 2012|
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Intel Core i7-3770K Conclusion
Ivy Bridge is finally here, and if its performance improvements over Sandy Bridge are underwhelming, remember that Sandy Bridge set a very high bar. Without Sandy Bridge to compare it to, we'd be lauding Ivy Bridge performance and overclocking to the skies.
Ivy Bridge was perhaps one of Intel's worst-kept secrets, what with their bragging about their 22nm, "3D" transistors for the last few months. Unknown production delays led to Z77 Express based motherboards being available for weeks before the CPUs they were designed for, and that didn't help things either.
Ivy Bridge represents a better value than Sandy Bridge, since it's both cheaper and faster. We can complain that the magnitude of these improvements may be rather small, but the truth is that Sandy Bridge CPUs represented such a huge advance over the previous generation Intel and current AMD processors that there's no way Ivy Bridge could have been that much better. Also, keep in mind that new mainstream CPUs simply aren't designed with desktop systems as a priority any more. Ivy Bridge's biggest new feature is its improved performance per watt.
Intel says the Core i7-3770K processor will sell for $312...but that's Intel's price for a tray of 1,000 CPUs. Still, Intel's "1000 piece" price typically predicts retail prices pretty well, although you can expect some early price-gouging for the individual CPUs from the usual suspects, as we saw with AMD's Bulldozer CPUs and Intel's own Sandy Bridge Extreme when they were introduced.
The real impact of the Ivy Bridge architecture will be felt in the mobile device and server market, but once the price settles down, this top-end Ivy Bridge processor will be a very good value, since it's both faster and cheaper than its Sandy Bridge forebear. The only weakness in this CPU compared to Sandy Bridge is its overclocking performance, which will hopefully improve...but right now you can probably get a little more performance from an overclocked Sandy Bridge CPU, and that's just enough to keep the Core i7-3770K from taking the gold.
+ Lower power than Sandy Bridge, although this isn't significant for desktop platforms
Cons:- Still only 16 PCI-E lanes
- Early production stepping doesn't overclock as well as current Sandy Bridge
Final Score: 8.8 out of 10.
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