Average Bench: 76.6% (176th of 1276)

more Based on 121,658 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]

Poor: 64%Average: 76.6% Great: 88%
Gaming
Gaming 77%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 62%
Destroyer

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-3770K averaged 23.3% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i7-3770K near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Memory Latency 88.8Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 104Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-3770K is 23.4%. 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 524Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 518Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 121,658 samples)
Min Avg Max
78.3 Memory 88.8 96.6
84.8 1-Core 104 123
149 2-Core 200 241
77.7% 131 Pts
Min Avg Max
256 4-Core 350 443
385 8-Core 518 629
55.8% 434 Pts
Min Avg Max
406 64-Core 524 632
35.2% 524 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770K CPU @ 3.50GHz, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4.9 GHz, turbo 6.25 GHz (avg)
Memory 97.6
1-Core 134
2-Core 261
95% 164 Pts
4-Core 427
8-Core 616
67% 521 Pts
64-Core 625
42% 625 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.5
1-Core 108
2-Core 195
79% 131 Pts
4-Core 372
8-Core 573
60% 473 Pts
64-Core 569
38% 569 Pts
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770K CPU @ 3.50GHz, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 87
1-Core 104
2-Core 193
76% 128 Pts
4-Core 369
8-Core 514
57% 442 Pts
64-Core 514
34% 514 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 85.4
1-Core 100
2-Core 193
75% 126 Pts
4-Core 323
8-Core 495
52% 409 Pts
64-Core 488
33% 488 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 81.9
1-Core 92
2-Core 191
71% 122 Pts
4-Core 334
8-Core 494
53% 414 Pts
64-Core 492
33% 492 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $362 @ launch in Apr '12
AmazonUS $1382 months
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Gaming
Gaming 42%
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Desktop
Desktop 82%
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Workstation
Workstation 35%
Jet ski

Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 - $210

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 51% - Above average Total price: $739

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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 8 years ago.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

6 days ago.

Still relevant in 2021 if overclocked.

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


Good

28 days ago.

Overclock CPU from 2012 still nearly as good as 9700K? I take it

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


Excellent

1 month 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 days 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.


Good

3 months ago.

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


Good

4 months ago.

perfect with default vcore 4.2ghz


Excellent

1 month ago.

Because it's mine and it's mine and it's mine and max is bad


Excellent

7 months ago.

Overclocking with a decent cooler is really smooth on this CPU


Good

5 months ago.

for the price itself there are more better cpu's than this


Excellent

4 months ago.

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


Excellent

5 months ago.

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


Excellent

11 months ago.

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


Excellent

7 years ago.

Review  hothardware.com/...

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Review  techreport.com/...

Overclocking On Air

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CPU-Z - Overclocked 4.9 MHz

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Excellent

1 month ago.

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


Good

7 months ago.

nice budget cpu very powerfull for the prive


Good

24 months ago.

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


Good

25 days ago.

better performance more threads 3.5ghz


Terrible

3 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


Good

8 months ago.

i might put this into my secondary rig. idk though


Terrible

3 years ago.

it low for 4k


Good

2 years ago.

Good, but high temperature


Good

2 years ago.

Top 3rd generation consumer market CPU


Excellent

2 years ago.

Still competitive plus its cheap


Excellent

2 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

22 months ago.

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


Good

10 months ago.

Decent for moderate gaming


Excellent

10 months ago.

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


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