Intel Core i5 3470 review: Intel Core i5 3470

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The Good Good enough performance for the mainstream.

The Bad HD 2500 graphics could be limiting for some. As with all i5 products, no HyperThreading. 3570K isn't that much more expensive.

The Bottom Line While the i5 3470 will give system integrators some wiggle room on price, we're fans of sticking to the i5 3570K for everyone else.

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Here's a mainstream part for you: Intel's third generation Core i5 3470. Clocked at 3.2GHz, it has a max turbo boost of 3.6GHz. Unlike the Core i7 parts, the i5 lacks HyperThreading, making this a quad core, quad thread part.

We've already covered Ivy Bridge's major architectural differences in the i7 3770K review, where we discovered that Intel's HD 4000 graphics didn't bring us much, in terms of gaming. It did manage to bring Batman: Arkham Asylum and Skyrim scraping across the line at their very lowest settings, but its major contribution was introducing a baseline of DirectX 11 across the industry, and its improved QuickSync encoding.

And, so, we won't be benchmarking the 3470 as far as games are concerned, as its cut down HD 2500 Graphics certainly won't be capable.

The 2500 is basically a 4000, with less execution units: six compared to 16. While definitely not a gaming chip, where we're likely to see relevant differences is on the QuickSync front, with CyberLink's MediaEspresso managing a nine minute 55 second XviD to H.264 conversion in one minute and seven seconds, compared to the i7 3770K's 59 seconds. Given a longer video, the difference would no doubt be more pronounced.

Our CPU-reliant benchmarks see the expected performance differences between the top-of-the-line i7 3770K and the mid-range 3470.

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