Intel Core i5-3570K Benchmark: 67% faster than Core i5-2500k

Published on February 21st, 2012

The latest 22nm “Ivy Bridge” Intel Core i5-3570K was benchmarked and compared with the Intel Core i5-2500K by an Expreview member. The processor’s benchmark and comparison was focused mainly on its graphics performance, or the embedded Intel HD 4000 graphics processor.


Popular, but not extreme games, such as DiRT 3, Left4Dead, Street Fighter IV and StarCraft II were used for the benchmark. In addition to that, Far Cry 2 and 3DMark Vantage was also used, these are slightly graphics-intensive.

In addition to the two Intel Core i5 processors, the Expreview member used the following hardware for the benchmark:

intel core i5-3570k review

Below is a table showing the result of the Intel Core i5-3570K vs Intel Core i5-2500K benchmark.

As you can see in the table above, the Intel Core i5-3570K’s Intel HD 4000 graphics processor was able to beat that of the i5-2500K easily. Further on StarCraft II, the Intel Core i5-3570K produced only 29.3fps, which suggest that a mainstream graphics card whether AMD Radeon or NVIDIA GeForce should be used for the user to enjoy the game. On the average, the graphics processor embedded in the Core i5-3570K is 67% faster than Core i5-2500 (HD 3000).

The Intel Core i5-3570K was also compared with the two year old NVIDIA GeForce GT240. Unfortunately, the GeForce GT240 is 36% faster than the Core i5-3570K. See the table of comparison below.

These benchmark and comparison were done only to show the performance of the Intel Core i5-3570K in its graphics processing aspect, or its Intel HD 4000. There are still other other factors that we should look into, like the CPU performance itself, video playback and GPU acceleration. But basically or generally speaking the Intel Core i5-3570K is faster than its predecessor, the Intel Core i5-2500K.

The Core i5-3570K is expected to be priced around $225 USD and release date is estimated to be on April 2012.

Intel Core i5 3570K Specifications

  • Microarchitechture: Ivy Bridge
  • Manufacturing process: 22nm
  • Model: i5-3570K
  • Socket: LGA 1155
  • Frequency: 3400MHz
  • Turbo Frequency: 3800MHz
  • Data width: 64-bit
  • Number of Cores: 4
  • Number of threads: 4
  • Level 3 Cache: 6MB
  • Thermal Design Power: 77 Watt
  • Intel HD 4000 graphics controller
  • PCI Express 3.0 interface
  • Dual-channel DDR3 memory controller



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