Intel Core i5-3550 vs Intel Core i7-3770

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Intel Core i5-3550 CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i7-3770
Intel Core i5-3550 Intel Core i7-3770

CPU comparison

In this CPU comparison, we compare the Intel Core i5-3550 and the Intel Core i7-3770 and use benchmarks to check which processor is faster.

We compare the Intel Core i5-3550 4 core processor released in Q2/2012 with the Intel Core i7-3770 which has 4 CPU cores and was introduced in Q2/2012.
Intel Core i5 (331) Family Intel Core i7 (298)
Intel Core i 3000 (31) CPU group Intel Core i 3000 (31)
3 Generation 3
Ivy Bridge S Architecture Ivy Bridge S
Desktop / Server Segment Desktop / Server
-- Predecessor --
-- Successor Intel Core i7-4770

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Intel Core i5-3550 is a 4 core processor with a clock frequency of 3.30 GHz (3.70 GHz). The processor can compute 4 threads at the same time. The Intel Core i7-3770 clocks with 3.40 GHz (3.90 GHz), has 4 CPU cores and can calculate 8 threads in parallel.

Intel Core i5-3550 Characteristic Intel Core i7-3770
4 Cores 4
4 Threads 8
normal Core architecture normal
No Hyperthreading Yes
No Overclocking ? Yes
3.30 GHz Frequency 3.40 GHz
3.70 GHz Turbo Frequency (1 Core) 3.90 GHz
-- Turbo Frequency (All Cores) 3.90 GHz

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Processors with the support of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors. Algorithms for ML improve their performance the more data they have collected via software. ML tasks can be processed up to 10,000 times faster than with a classic processor.

Intel Core i5-3550 Characteristic Intel Core i7-3770
-- AI hardware --
-- AI specifications --

Internal Graphics

Graphics (iGPU) integrated into the processor not only enable image output without having to rely on a dedicated graphics solution, but can also efficiently accelerate video playback.

Intel HD Graphics 2500 GPU Intel HD Graphics 4000
0.65 GHz GPU frequency 0.65 GHz
1.15 GHz GPU (Turbo) 1.15 GHz
7 GPU Generation 7
22 nm Technology 22 nm
3 Max. displays 3
6 Compute units 16
48 Shader 128
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
2 GB Max. GPU Memory 2 GB
11.0 DirectX Version 11.0

Hardware codec support

A photo or video codec that is accelerated in hardware can greatly accelerate the working speed of a processor and extend the battery life of notebooks or smartphones when playing videos.

Intel HD Graphics 2500 GPU Intel HD Graphics 4000
No Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) No
No Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) No
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode / Encode
No Codec VP9 No
No Codec VP8 No
No Codec AV1 No
Decode / Encode Codec AVC Decode / Encode
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
Decode Codec JPEG Decode

Memory & PCIe

Up to 32 GB of memory in a maximum of 2 memory channels is supported by the Intel Core i5-3550, while the Intel Core i7-3770 supports a maximum of 32 GB of memory with a maximum memory bandwidth of 25.6 GB/s enabled.

Intel Core i5-3550 Characteristic Intel Core i7-3770
DDR3-1600 Memory DDR3-1600
32 GB Max. Memory 32 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
25.6 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 25.6 GB/s
No ECC No
-- L2 Cache --
6.00 MB L3 Cache 8.00 MB
3.0 PCIe version 3.0
16 PCIe lanes 16
15.8 GB/s PCIe Bandwidth 15.8 GB/s

Thermal Management

The Intel Core i5-3550 has a TDP of 77 W. The TDP of the Intel Core i7-3770 is 77 W. System integrators use the TDP of the processor as a guide when dimensioning the cooling solution.

Intel Core i5-3550 Characteristic Intel Core i7-3770
77 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 77 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. --

Technical details

The Intel Core i5-3550 has 6.00 MB cache and is manufactured in 22 nm. The cache of Intel Core i7-3770 is at 8.00 MB. The processor is manufactured in 22 nm.

Intel Core i5-3550 Characteristic Intel Core i7-3770
22 nm Technology 22 nm
Monolithic Chip design Monolithic
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX
LGA 1155 Socket LGA 1155
VT-x, VT-x EPT Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT
Yes AES-NI Yes
Windows 10, Linux Operating systems Windows 10, Linux
Q2/2012 Release date Q2/2012
213 $ Release price 240 $
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 2 CPU benchmarks
Intel Core i5-3550 (96%)
Intel Core i7-3770 (100%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 4 CPU benchmarks
Intel Core i5-3550 (82%)
Intel Core i7-3770 (100%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i5-3550 Intel Core i5-3550
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
783 (92%)
Intel Core i7-3770 Intel Core i7-3770
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
851 (100%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i5-3550 Intel Core i5-3550
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
2741 (82%)
Intel Core i7-3770 Intel Core i7-3770
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
3351 (100%)

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
Intel Core i5-3550 Intel Core i5-3550
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
724 (99%)
Intel Core i7-3770 Intel Core i7-3770
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
732 (100%)

Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The multi-core benchmark evaluates the performance of all of the processor's CPU cores. Virtual thread improvements such as AMD SMT or Intel's Hyper-Threading have a positive impact on the benchmark result.
Intel Core i5-3550 Intel Core i5-3550
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
2237 (93%)
Intel Core i7-3770 Intel Core i7-3770
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
2418 (100%)

iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.
Intel Core i5-3550 Intel Core i5-3550
Intel HD Graphics 2500 @ 1.15 GHz
110 (38%)
Intel Core i7-3770 Intel Core i7-3770
Intel HD Graphics 4000 @ 1.15 GHz
294 (100%)

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.
Intel Core i5-3550 Intel Core i5-3550
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
4785 (75%)
Intel Core i7-3770 Intel Core i7-3770
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
6402 (100%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Multi-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
Intel Core i5-3550 Intel Core i5-3550
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
1402 (77%)
Intel Core i7-3770 Intel Core i7-3770
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
1828 (100%)

Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i5-3550 Intel Core i5-3550
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-3770 Intel Core i7-3770
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
820 (100%)

Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i5-3550 Intel Core i5-3550
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-3770 Intel Core i7-3770
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
3650 (100%)

Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i5-3550 Intel Core i5-3550
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-3770 Intel Core i7-3770
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
298 (100%)

Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i5-3550 Intel Core i5-3550
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-3770 Intel Core i7-3770
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
1419 (100%)

Blender 3.1 Benchmark

In the Blender Benchmark 3.1, the scenes "monster", "junkshop" and "classroom" are rendered and the time required by the system is measured. In our benchmark we test the CPU and not the graphics card. Blender 3.1 was presented as a standalone version in March 2022.
Intel Core i5-3550 Intel Core i5-3550
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-3770 Intel Core i7-3770
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
49 (100%)

Blender 2.81 (bmw27)

Blender is a free 3D graphics software for rendering (creating) 3D bodies, which can also be textured and animated in the software. The Blender benchmark creates predefined scenes and measures the time (s) required for the entire scene. The shorter the time required, the better. We selected bmw27 as the benchmark scene.
Intel Core i5-3550 Intel Core i5-3550
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-3770 Intel Core i7-3770
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
597.8 (100%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Single-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
Intel Core i5-3550 Intel Core i5-3550
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-3770 Intel Core i7-3770
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
368 (100%)

Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i5-3550 Intel Core i5-3550
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-3770 Intel Core i7-3770
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
134 (100%)

Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i5-3550 Intel Core i5-3550
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-3770 Intel Core i7-3770
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
669 (100%)

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