Average Bench: 72.4% (361st of 1452)

more Based on 165,979 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000306A9, , BFEBFBFF000306A8, 00004E414C206472, 4920555043070506, 0000000000000000, 4920555043080306, 1FABFBFF000306A9, BFEBFBFF0001067A Models: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770K CPU @ 3.50GHz, Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770K CPU @ 3.50GHz

The third gen Ivy Bridge Core i7-3770K can't really be described as a consumer orientated processor. With 8 threads and four cores its capabilities are better aligned to server use. For price insensitive consumers that want the best of the best, this is currently one of the fastest processors available. The PassMark Single Thread score of 2080 points puts the 3770K right at the top of the pack in terms of raw processing power and real world performance. The GeekBench and PassMark scores of 17210 and 9653 are within 20% or so of the best we have ever seen. Despite the near record breaking processing throughputs the 3770K is only rated at 77 TDP, which is very low by historical standards. For typical consumer use there are better value propositions out there. [May '13 CPUPro]

Poor: 59%Average: 72.4% Great: 83%
Gaming
Gaming 72%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 76%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 58%
Gunboat

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-3770K averaged 27.6% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Memory Latency 86.9Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed 96.5Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-3770K is 23.3%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-3770K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Speed 471Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 458Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 165,979 samples)
Min Avg Max
74.6 Memory 86.9 96.4
72.4 1-Core 96.5 116
140 2-Core 182 222
71.5% 122 Pts
Min Avg Max
239 4-Core 314 382
336 8-Core 458 557
48.2% 386 Pts
Min Avg Max
366 64-Core 471 573
29.2% 471 Pts
User Benchmarks BenchNormalHeavyServer
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.1
1-Core 108
2-Core 221
81% 141 Pts
4-Core 354
8-Core 565
56% 460 Pts
64-Core 570
35% 570 Pts
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770K CPU @ 3.50GHz, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.8
1-Core 97.6
2-Core 176
73% 122 Pts
4-Core 318
8-Core 491
50% 405 Pts
64-Core 500
31% 500 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.3
1-Core 95.2
2-Core 174
71% 120 Pts
4-Core 291
8-Core 436
45% 364 Pts
64-Core 459
28% 459 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.4
1-Core 99.3
2-Core 190
72% 124 Pts
4-Core 322
8-Core 489
50% 406 Pts
64-Core 491
30% 491 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 79.5
1-Core 96.7
2-Core 175
68% 117 Pts
4-Core 322
8-Core 484
50% 403 Pts
64-Core 486
30% 486 Pts
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MSRP ≈ $362 @ launch in Apr '12
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Gaming 60%
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Desktop
Desktop 79%
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Workstation
Workstation 49%
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Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 - $210

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 67% - Good Total price: $744

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i7-3770K Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.90 GHz)
Code NameIvy Bridge
Launch DateQ2'12
Processor Numberi7-3770K
# of Cores4
# of Threads8
Cache8 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.1/4.2, AVX
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography22 nm
Recommended Price$332.00 - $342.00
Clock Speed3.5 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.9 GHz
Bus Speed5 GT/s DMI
Max TDP77 W
Thermal Solution Specification2011D

Graphics

Processor GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 4000
Graphics Base Frequency650 MHz
Wireless DisplayYes
# of Displays Supported3
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.15 GHz
Quick Sync VideoYes
InTru 3D TechYes
Clear Video HD TechYes
Intel InsiderYes
Flexible Display InterfaceYes

Memory

Max Memory Size32 GB
Memory TypesDDR3 1333/1600
Memory Channels2
Memory Bandwidth25.6 GB/s
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision3.0
PCI Express Configurationsup to 1x16, 2x8, 1x8 & 2x4

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsYes
Secure KeyYes

Advanced Technologies

Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesYes
Turbo Boost Tech2.0
Hyper-Threading TechYes
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)No
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
TSX-NINo
vPro TechNo
Identity Protection TechYes

Package

Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedFCLGA1155

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechNo
Anti-Theft TechYes

 Comments

LGA1155 Socket

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Added 11 years ago.

Good (edit your comment) Add link

1 month ago.

Still plays games well. OC to 4.2GHz on air.

Comment 

By far the most powerful processor I've owned, this CPU has yet to run a program that it can't handle. The main bad point of this CPU is the fact that it can't be overclocked much with the stock cooler, and even when not overclocked some programs that utilize 100% of the cores (and their respective hyperthreads) can cause the CPU to overheat. Although this is very rare and it will take some time to overheat. —Sep '14


Excellent

2 months ago.

Comment 

beast, this cpu is running on closed loop water and is rock solid at 4.7 GHz (All cores) and auto turbo's at 5.4 Ghz. It is on 24/7 and NEVER overheats. It runs absolutely everything you throw at it. Intel will have to up their game considerably more than they are doing before I see any advantage in upgrading that is worthwhile. I believe that the lack of support currently for the chipsets (only 2 to 3 years or so old) is a deliberate ploy to force EARLY upgrades of major components, My Asus board dates to mid 2013 and the latest updates for this PREMEIUM £200+ board were released in 2013 with no further updates likely. In short this board was technically OBSOLETE within a couple of months?????????—Dec '14


Excellent

4 months ago.

CPU works great! Perhaps not futureproof, but works good for everything I need it to do. (Apex legends, Red Dead Redemption 2.)


Good

2 months ago.

11 years later and still kicking ass


Excellent

4 months ago.

perfect with default vcore 4.2ghz


Good

18 months ago.

Awesome 4-core processor. 5ghz overclock is easy to achieve using a decent AIO.


Excellent

2 years ago.

Simply awesome to be able to use a 7 year old CPU and still be happy in 2019!


Good

2 years ago.

was an exceptionally nice processor and still does very well for office applications. For Games it could still be a budget build


Terrible

3 months ago.

Is only good if you want to play Source games outside of that this one is not worth it


Terrible

5 months ago.

The cpu speed is terrible and do not recommend to buy even if it is a starter pc


Good

4 years ago.

nice budget cpu very powerfull for the prive


Excellent

11 years ago.


Good

8 months ago.

the performance is great i just bought it 4 days ago and im very satisfied with this product


Excellent

2 years ago.

Good processor still great for gaming even though already 3 years minimum power consumption and nice overclocking when it's needed


Good

8 months ago.

better performance more threads 3.5ghz


Terrible

6 years ago.

it low for 4k


Good

5 years ago.

Good, but high temperature


Good

5 years ago.

Top 3rd generation consumer market CPU


Good

16 months ago.

Good CPU, though with the stock cooler may overheat...


Excellent

5 years ago.

Still competitive plus its cheap


Excellent

5 years ago.

The i7-3770K is the best processor you can buy for LGA1155 socket. With 4 cores and 8 threads, this processor still handles gaming and streaming very well. Apart from it's great overclocking capabilities, the age of the processor is beginning to show. Since the processor was made for older motherboards, compatibility with newer technologies (such as DDR4 Memory and NVMe Solid State Drives for example) is non-existent. While this may not matter for most consumers, for those who want the best value for their money, this processor is not a good choice. However, it can be recommended if you ALREADY own a motherboard capable of overclocking that is compatible with the i7-3770K. If you don't have a motherboard that can overclock the processor, it is recommended that you buy an i7-3770 non 'K' variant, as this will mirror the performance of the 'K' variant. To summarize, there are better, more modern options available that can obtain equal, if not better, performance than the i7-3770K, while supporting newer memory and storage as well as an overall increase in performance in gaming and workstation applications.


Excellent

5 years ago.

Used it for years IPC are still up for the task compared to new CPU's


Good

4 years ago.

Decent for moderate gaming


Excellent

16 months ago.

Still going strong in 2023


Excellent

4 years ago.

Works FOREVER almost NEVER my pc's bottleneck under normal use


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