Testing Ivy Bridge: Intel Core i7-3770K Reviewed

By Julio Franco ยท 48 replies
Apr 23, 2012
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  1. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Thanks Steve. I keep this up I'm giving myself a promotion...the days of trainee n00b will be behind me- long live Complete n00b !!!

    Prior to the official launch I was reading the review that awardfabrik put up. They compared sixteen IB's:
    For overclockability, voltage, temp etc. (using some very reasonable kit):
    And found what most people expected: Namely, that the variance in a launch CPU step/revision is all over the place -since backed up by the mainstream reviews. Amazing how short some people's memories are- I have distinct recollections of exactly the same lack of standardization for Sandy Bridge, Bloomfield and Bulldozer.

    For sure IB runs hotter once you start getting above 1.25-1.3v, but from what I understand that is a product of transistor density (so people should get used to it unless they plan on being on 45/32nm forever). Intel have obviously taken some of this into account since IB's Tjuncture max (throttling) is now 105C -up from Sandy's 98C.
    Interested to know what Intel's "safe 24/7" core temp is, although with thermal throttling being so pervasive it probably makes it largely a moot point
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  2. abysal

    abysal TS Booster Posts: 114   +40

    Perhaps ignorant was too harsh a term, my apologies, as I had not considered that you did not receive a stock heat-sink for a base line temperature reading. I appreciate the fact that a temperature reading from a 3rd party heat-sink fan combo could be misleading, so it makes sense to do a separate section regarding overclocking and temperatures. It's just you guys had some of the first reviews on Ivy Bridge and I found it odd that temperatures were not mentioned. Either way I'm looking forward to a more in depth review of the new chip.
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  3. Carmaine

    Carmaine TS Enthusiast Posts: 42   +13

    Still a good review.

    Given that we now know the heatsink used, can you give us a peek at the temps you guys encountered at 4.92 GHZ on 1.52V?

    I can't speak for the majority here, but I'm one of the few that uses the intel stock heatsink. I'm sure the one used in this review is alot better than what I have at the moment.
  4. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,040   +678

  5. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TS Guru Posts: 367   +46

    Yes it's rarely that people will use the stock heatsink, but there are people who do if they don't overclock. But considering how insanely easy it is to overclock a K-series cpu, it's almost a crime if you don't do it.

    And really, a $25 hyper 212 plus is all that most people will need for a decent overclock which yields a pretty good performance gain.
  6. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TS Guru Posts: 367   +46

    ^Strange, my "quote" didn't come up correctly.
  7. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Probably better off saving a few bucks and opting for a "non K" CPU in that instance. The stock heatsink is still obviously rated to 3.9GHz (the 3770K's turbo clock) so even non-overclocked has a few horses under the hood
    True. But for comparative testing-which is where the discussion seems centred, you'd need to ensure that all review samples were using the same cooling method and that won't happen. Reviewers use the kit that vendors send out to them, and those components differ from reviewer to reviewer depending on target audience, geographic distribution and perceived standing in the tech community. You won't find Tweakers.net or Madshrimps testing a CPU with a $25 cooler for instance.

    The temperature discussion seems to lie in the fact that Sandy Bridge (on a mature 32nm process- remember that Clarkdale launched Jan.2010) is such a stellar performer - and IB doesn't stack up well in comparison in temps once you breach 1.3v - (somewhat of a straw man argument when most users won't use that kind of voltage in attaining a decent overclock) Moreover most reviews pretty much neglected every other CPU family except Sandy Bridge in comparitive reviews.
    To me the whole thing seems a non-issue, since IB ,as has been stated numerous times by numerous sources, is not an upgrade for Sandy Bridge users- the target market is those who held off upgrading over the last 2-3 architecture generations
  8. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,040   +678

  9. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,040   +678

    He said he "took a quick glance" at temps and it read 85c. He said it in the comments, don't know why he didn't add it to the review.

    Their are numerous sites out there that have overclocked and shown their temps using 3rd party coolers. Give thetechreport.com a look. i love those guys over there... and they have an answer from Intel about the high temperatures.
  10. pgianni8

    pgianni8 TS Rookie

    Question for the Tech Geeks:); i7 3930K or 3770K if you plan on doing mild overclocking, and running multiple applications and charts, Im questioning whether the $599 price is worth it, given IvyBridge smaller die shrink and similar numbers to 3960.
  11. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,713   +3,691

    If you are in question as to whether you need a 3930K, then chances are you don't need it.
  12. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    This doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. If you're looking at a straight-up comparison and perf/price is the metric for comparison, then the natural choice is the 3820 not 3930K, since the 3830 is already fairly close to the six core in performance

    3820.....4C/8T...10MB L3...3.6GHz base freq...3.9GHz turbo....$305 retail ($310 at the Egg atm)...$294 (OEM)
    3770K..4C/8T......8MB L3...3.5GHz base freq.. 3.9GHz turbo....$313 retail (MSRP)
  13. holy scomoly! that dude will melt my copper heatsink!
  14. pgianni8

    pgianni8 TS Rookie

    Hi Clifford, not asking about need. The answer has always been NO for 95% of users for the past 6 yrs. lol! Indulge me for a second as far as overclocking, and purely a performance standpoint would you spend the extra for the 3930K vs 3820, do you think the benchmarks would be very similar or would the extra two cores and extra threads be a big advantage.
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,965   +2,521

    Yes, you can certainly state that with conviction.

    I'm not sure which model Intel CPU you're running, but there are a few low priced avenues to upgrade, a couple using stock parts.
    If you have a 65 watt TDP dual core CPU, (socket 775), latching on to an Intel stock cooler from an earlier Prescott P-4, will net you a bunch more mass in the assembly, Some early coolers, at least I've been told, have copper cores. Plan "B" might be the Xigmatec "Apache" coolers. (15 bucks tops). These are similar to Zalman "Orb" coolers, and have 92 mm PCM controlled fans, much bigger than stock Intel @ 82 mm (?) . So, they're a bit quieter.

    The best current route for you to cooling bliss, would be one of the Cooler Master "Hyper 212" series. One of these should run you no more than $25.00.

    I can attest to their efficacy with the Core i3 530 (stock clock) machine I'm using (lightly) ATM.

    TDP peaked out at 73 watts, and core 0 ran all the way up to 29 degrees C.... The CPU idles around 27 watts. For all intents and purposes, the Hyper 212 keeps this CPU cooler than the HDDs in the same case.
  16. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

  17. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,713   +3,691

    In other words the temperature barrier was purposely engineered by Intel to prevent a huge over-clock.
  18. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,965   +2,521

    So does this make just grabbing a i7 2600K instead of of the 3770K a really good idea?
  19. Fortunately I just learned Japanese last week, so the real question is can we just remove the heat spreader and pit the heatsink copper baseplate directly on the chip to achieve maximum heat transfer?? Can someone whos tried it post a step by step
  20. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,713   +3,691

    Lets not forget about the thickness of the heat-spreader. If removed there would have to be compensation somewhere to make up for the removal of the heat-spreader. Definitely a delicate process I wouldn't be comfortable doing with one of my CPU's.
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,965   +2,521

    Wouldn't you have to put TIM on the heat sink and die anyway? It's not like you can just slap a heatsink on without it.
  22. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    True enough. You would also need an adequate mounting system that applied a reasonable anount of downforce without crushing the die- Ivy Bridge doesn't present a lot of surface area.
  23. the only thing I wanted to ask is if you maximized the amount of shared memory from your ram to the intel HD 4000 graphics. I've know from using intel's igpu's in the past with maximum DVMT that it definitely shows a big differance. I thought you probably already did that, but I couldn't be sure cause I don't remember you specifying it.
  24. Thank you for writing this Review. It was sufficiently great, I will return to your Site.

    Every bit of information gained from various Reviews adds to our knowledge and allows us to make informed decisions - well at least for those with good judgement.

    • If the issue of temperature (versus previous generation) were briefly addressed in the Review and if those requesting the info be provided approached the matter with a different tact then this Thread might have been shorter.
    • The voltage used to OC was too high (out of spec) and thus some were keen to know the temps since they had heard that the new Chips are hot.

    Perhaps a one-liner like this might have sufficed:

    "The Intel Core i7 2600K was more than 20 degrees Celsius cooler than the Core i7 3770K 'Ivy Bridge' Processor under the same circumstances even though we were running more voltage through it!." (Source: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1924/8/ ).

    A Graphic is helpful for some.


    People should appreciate the effort made to write a Review, they don't write themselves (unless they are Cut-n-Paste). The Reviewer was kind to understand that opinions are at least one of the two things possessed by everyone; the ability to 'Google' and provide some added helpful info not being the other.

    Thanks for the Review and your efforts to maintain a FREE Site (that no one is obligated to visit).

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