Average Bench: 63.6% (133rd of 1182)

more Based on 82,749 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 put 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 also very reasonable by historical standards. For typical consumer use there are better value propositions out there. [May '13 CPUPro]

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Poor: 48%Average: 63.6% Great: 79%
Gaming
Gaming 64%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 70%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 47%
Yacht

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i7-3770K averaged 36.3% 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. Single Core Mixed Speed 105Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 203Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-3770K is 31.1%. 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 Mixed Speed 532Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 525Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 82,749 samples)
Min Avg Max
86.8 1-Core 105 125
161 2-Core 203 247
72.8% 154 Pts
Min Avg Max
269 4-Core 359 456
389 8-Core 525 641
56.9% 442 Pts
Min Avg Max
429 64-Core 532 642
35.7% 532 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
1-Core 119
2-Core 237
84% 178 Pts
4-Core 455
8-Core 631
71% 543 Pts
64-Core 628
42% 628 Pts
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770K CPU @ 3.50GHz, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 5 GHz (avg)
1-Core 116
2-Core 244
84% 180 Pts
4-Core 455
8-Core 630
71% 543 Pts
64-Core 578
39% 578 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
1-Core 114
2-Core 228
81% 171 Pts
4-Core 395
8-Core 598
64% 496 Pts
64-Core 528
36% 528 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
1-Core 98.4
2-Core 204
71% 151 Pts
4-Core 362
8-Core 497
56% 429 Pts
64-Core 547
37% 547 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 106
2-Core 203
73% 154 Pts
4-Core 332
8-Core 487
53% 410 Pts
64-Core 529
36% 529 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 19,369,474 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $362 @ launch in Apr '12
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Typical Core i7-3770K Builds (Compare 7,194 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Desktop 69%
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Workstation 47%
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Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 - $210

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 45% - Average Total price: $1,012

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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 7 years ago.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

8 days ago.

I've had it for 4 years, and with SSD, and 16gb memory, it's a champ with a great GPU.

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


Terrible

29 days ago.

Review  www.techradar.com/...

"On a per-core level, there isn't a faster processor available. And with four cores and eight threads, there's multi-threaded performance to burn." "It's just not much quicker than the processor it replaces (i7-2600k). It's also not dramatically more power efficient and doesn't overclock any better."

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


Terrible

1 month ago.

Owned since 2012, it matches the new high-end processors with far less money to spend. definitely a must-have. Equipped with a Noctua NH U12P SE2, ran it at 4.5 Ghz flawlessly. But it's not necessary as the base speed is enough. Also, If you still have an old mid-end graphic card, that could be a CPU to consider.... For the new ones, 4K is easily accessible.


Excellent

24 days ago.

the best intel core i7, low price , quality very good


Good

11 months ago.

perfect with default vcore 4.2ghz


Excellent

19 days ago.

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


Excellent

3 months ago.

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


Terrible

26 days ago.

Has been working fantastic for 5 years now, and still going strong. Overclocked to 4.5 GHz for the win!


Good

6 months ago.

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


Excellent

6 years ago.

Review  hothardware.com/...

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Overclocking On Air

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Terrible

23 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Good

4 months ago.

One of the best processors back in its day, but Intel definitely made you pay for it. My biggest complaint is the move to using TIM instead of soldering the die to the IHS like they did with Sandy Bridge. Sure, the move to 22 nm made them slightly more efficient, but temperatures still suffered, particularly when overclocked. I can get 4.6+ GHz out of mine, but it starts to get very hot, very quickly, even at less than 1.3V. I've never delidded it, but I'm certainly thinking about it nowadays since I really no longer use it. If I had done a little more research, I might have bought a 2600K or 2700K instead, or waited for Haswell and the 4770K (or even 4790K another year later) with their further improved IPC and better iGPU (not that I really use it). Overall, it's hard to say too many bad things about Intel's processor lineup from about 2011-2016 or so since AMD basically wasn't competitive with their Bulldozer/Piledriver (FX-series) processors. Only in the last couple of years, thanks to AMD's Ryzen, can we see how Intel was grossly exploiting consumers. It also didn't help AMD that Intel was employing illegal, anti-competitive business tactics in the years prior, even when AMD was quite competitive and held the performance crown over Intel.


Terrible

2 years ago.

it low for 4k


Good

8 months ago.

Good, but high temperature


Good

7 months ago.

Top 3rd generation consumer market CPU


Excellent

13 months ago.

Still competitive plus its cheap


Excellent

8 months 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 months ago.

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


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