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The big news about the first Ivy Bridge processors was the improved graphics, but with this second tier iGPU, can the Core i5 3470 match the pace of its technological compatriots? With the i5 tag, it's a non-Hyperthreaded chip of the straight quad-core ilk, and sitting beneath the Intel Core i5 3570K means it comes with a lower starting clockspeed of 3.2GHz. The missing 'K' from its name shows up the lack of overclocking potential from the Ivy Bridge architecture. That's a shame, as the other IvB chips we've played with have overclocked as well as their Sandy Bridge elders. But if overclocking's not your bag then grabbing a cheaper quad-core with the latest Intel architecture should be the sensible choice. Right? Shader-light If the Intel Core i5 3470 wasn't pared back enough (with the removal of Hyperthreading and overclocking for marketing reasons), consider that this Ivy Bridge CPU is also sporting the weaker of Intel's graphics parts. In this chip we're looking at the Intel HD 2500 graphics versus the HD 4000 of the top Core i5 3570K and i7 3770K parts.
Last month, Intel unleashed its highly anticipated Ivy Bridge microarchitecture. We had been hearing about Ivy Bridge for what seemed like an eternity leading up to the launch, and although not based a totally new design, Ivy Bridge would offer a number of enticing enhancements, like a faster Quick Sync engine, significantly improved integrated graphics, and lower power, thanks to architectural improvements and an advanced 22nm manufacturing process. We initially took a look at Intel's flagship Ivy Bridge-based processor, the Core i7-3770K. The Core i7-3770K is an unlocked quad-core processor with 8MB of L3 cache; integrated Intel HD 4000 series graphics; and Hyper-Threading, PCI Express 3.0 and Turbo Boost 2.0 support. The processor we'll be showing you today, although also based on Ivy Bridge, is somewhat different. The new Core i5-3470 is based on the same quad-core die as the Core i7-3770, but it's outfitted with less cache, a lower-end graphics core, and lacks support for Hyper-Threading, among other things. A full feature comparison of Intel's Ivy Bridge-based Core i7, i5, and i3 processors is listed in the table below.
Intel inaugurated its third-generation Core (aka "Ivy Bridge") line of processors in April with the Core i7-3770K, a higher-end mainstream chip aimed at those who wanted a taste of top performance but couldn't afford (or didn't want to splurge on) a more powerful Sandy Bridge–Extreme model. With its latest releases Intel is now rounding out the rest of the family, to help up the center the Ivy Bridge launch didn't focus much attention on. One way it's doing this is by release of the Core i5-3470 , a desktop processor priced at $184 list that is intended to bestow the benefits of the new technology to everyday users who don't quite need every possible bell and whistle. The chip succeeds at this, but don't expect it to deliver miracles. Like all Core i5 chips, the Core i5-3470 is a quad-core CPU that is not armed with Hyper-Threading—in other words, it delivers four processing threads rather than the eight you may see with something like the Core i7-3770K. (To get eight threads, you have to move up to Core i7.) The Core i5-3470's base clock speed is a reasonable 3.2GHz, though this can rise to as much as 3.6GHz when Turbo Boost is activated and you have the proper electrical and thermal headroom.
|Intel Core i5 i5-3470 Quad-Core 3.20GHz Socket H2 LGA-1155 Processor||$196.99||See it|
|Intel Core I5-3470 3.2ghz Ivy-bridge Lga 1155 Quad-core Processor -||$199.99||See it|