Average Bench: 68.6% (431st of 1442)

more Based on 23,599 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000306A9, , BFEBFBFF000306A8, 00004E414C206472, 4920555043070506, 4920555043080306 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3550 CPU @ 3.30GHz
Poor: 54%Average: 68.6% Great: 78%
Gaming
Gaming 69%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 73%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 51%
Yacht

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i5-3550 averaged 31.3% 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. Memory Latency 82.5Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed 90.5Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-3550 is 24.1%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-3550 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Speed 328Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 326Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 23,599 samples)
Min Avg Max
68 Memory 82.5 92.8
68.2 1-Core 90.5 99
133 2-Core 177 196
68.1% 117 Pts
Min Avg Max
191 4-Core 317 375
226 8-Core 326 376
42.8% 321 Pts
Min Avg Max
223 64-Core 328 376
20.3% 328 Pts
User Benchmarks BenchNormalHeavyServer
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.8
1-Core 95.5
2-Core 186
74% 125 Pts
4-Core 360
8-Core 361
48% 361 Pts
64-Core 362
22% 362 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.1
1-Core 95.4
2-Core 187
74% 125 Pts
4-Core 354
8-Core 362
48% 358 Pts
64-Core 344
21% 344 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.7
1-Core 94.3
2-Core 185
73% 124 Pts
4-Core 353
8-Core 358
47% 356 Pts
64-Core 357
22% 357 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 88
1-Core 95.1
2-Core 188
72% 124 Pts
4-Core 359
8-Core 360
48% 360 Pts
64-Core 355
22% 355 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 85.8
1-Core 94.5
2-Core 185
71% 122 Pts
4-Core 362
8-Core 361
48% 362 Pts
64-Core 362
22% 362 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.3
1-Core 92.9
2-Core 185
70% 120 Pts
4-Core 360
8-Core 361
48% 360 Pts
64-Core 359
22% 359 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 85
1-Core 93.6
2-Core 185
70% 121 Pts
4-Core 325
8-Core 343
44% 334 Pts
64-Core 350
22% 350 Pts
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3550 CPU @ 3.30GHz, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 3.95 GHz (avg)
Memory 81.5
1-Core 92.4
2-Core 184
69% 119 Pts
4-Core 338
8-Core 349
46% 344 Pts
64-Core 287
18% 287 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.2
1-Core 86.7
2-Core 172
67% 114 Pts
4-Core 281
8-Core 321
39% 301 Pts
64-Core 315
20% 315 Pts
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Gaming
Gaming 8%
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Desktop
Desktop 63%
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Workstation
Workstation 7%
Tree trunk

Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 7010

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i5-3550 Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz)
Code NameIvy Bridge
Launch DateQ2'12
Processor Numberi5-3550
# of Cores4
# of Threads4
Cache6 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.1/4.2, AVX
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography22 nm
Recommended Price$205.00 - $213.00
Clock Speed3.3 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.7 GHz
Bus Speed5 GT/s DMI
Max TDP77 W
Thermal Solution Specification2011D

Graphics

Processor GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 2500
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 TechNo
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)Yes
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
TSX-NINo
vPro TechYes
Identity Protection TechYes

Package

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

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechYes
Anti-Theft TechYes

 Comments

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8 months ago.

Similar to the Ryzen 5 3400g. Only downsides are that it is more expensive, and has a weak iGPU. Other than that, it's very capable, whether you want a gaming machine or just a plain desktop.


Good

2 years ago.

ive overclocked a non overclockable chip to 4.8 need i say more


Excellent

3 years ago.

I got it for 25$ used but its nice


Average

4 years ago.

is good to play old game.


Excellent

6 years ago.

This Ivybridge CPU is nearly as powerful as the i5 7400, but can be found for less than $70 USD. It is excellent for used parts builds, and can be paired with a GTX 1070 without serious bottlenecking. The iGPU is also a large step up from Sandybridge, but is still much less powerful than the i5 7400's iGPU.


Average

5 years ago.

Long lasting durable and gets the job done


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