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Stefan Mileschin 25th April 2012 08:56

Intel Ivy Bridge i5-3570K & i7-3770K Review
Time seems to fly. Just over one year ago Intel introduced Sandy Bridge to the world. Packing a high performance CPU, with mega overclockability for the K skews, yet keeping power consumption and heat to a bare minimum. The best part was that Sandy Bridge was affordable and even a big threat to Intel's flagship, the socket 1366. World records were smashed at HWBot, as this little socket 1155 CPU overclocked to 5.8Ghz and beyond. The instructions per clock were way faster then anything we were accustomed too. End of last year, it was time to replace the aging socket 1366 by Sandy Bridge-E. The socket 2011 has big potential with it's quad channel RAM support and multi GPU excellence via 40 PCI-E lanes. But the overall clock speeds of the SB-E were disappointing. Most CPU's don't even go over 5500mhz on cold. Today we are gonna introduce the "Die" shrink of the little affordable Sandy Bridge CPU's : Codename Ivy Bridge

Teemto 27th April 2012 09:53

How about the issues with the heat spreader?
Maybe better to wait on buying one till Intel addresses this issue and switches back to the paste used in SB. If they plan to do that at all?
Other option would be to tear off the heat spreader but I'm not going to risk that on a 300 CPU:-p

leeghoofd 27th April 2012 12:20

Maybe Intel will correct it but I doub t it as for 24/7 there's no problem,
These CPU's are screamingly fast for daily usage and gaming. For benchers LN2 is the only way to go. Removing IHS for LN2 benching is too risky in my book...

Stefan Mileschin 27th April 2012 14:25

I am waiting to see some retail CPUs benched on air with the HSF removed :)

nigel 1st May 2012 09:44

except for the litle issue with the ihs and such these look just great.

I just hope to see more results with retail samples and modified ihs. Like lapping, no ihs, remounting ihs...

But nonetheless this is my next upgrade :)

Also nice write up once again ;)

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