Intel’s third-generation Core processor line (a.k.a. “Ivy Bridge,” a code name that’s stuck with the chips after their release) hit the market earlier this year in the form of a set of overclockable, enthusiast-grade performance chips. These CPUs featured a small processing-performance boost over previous-generation (a.k.a. "Sandy Bridge") chips.
The Core i5-3470’s basic specs are impressive: It’s a true quad-core chip running at 3.2GHz, with a maximum Turbo Boost frequency of 3.6GHz. It boasts 6MB of L3 cache, and it supports the litany of Intel security and virtualization technologies, such as VT-x and VT-d hardware virtualization and Trusted Execution Technology. While the chip lacks the “K” in its name that signifies an unlocked multiplier, it does—surprisingly—offer a little bit of overclocking headroom.
And, like other Ivy Bridge processors, although the Core i5-3470 is designed for Intel's 7 Series chipset, it is fully backward compatible with second-generation Core ("Sandy Bridge") motherboards using the LGA1155 socket as well.One way it's doing this is by release of the Core i5-3470 , a desktop processor 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 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.
This means that, for most everyday usage models, the Core i5-3470 is a strong choice.
The chip has a cache size of 6MB, which is par for the Core i5 course.
Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 Dynamically increases the processor's frequency as needed by taking advantage of thermal and power headroom to give you a burst of speed when you need it.
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology Delivers two processing threads per physical core. Highly threaded applications can get more work done in parallel, completing tasks sooner.
Integrated Memory Controller An integrated memory controller offers stunning memory read/write performance through efficient prefetching algorithms, lower latency, and higher memory bandwidth.
Built-In Visuals Intel Quick Sync Video—Delivers fast conversion of video for portable media players, online sharing, and video editing and authoring.
Intel Clear Video HD—Visual quality and color fidelity enhancements for HD playback for a sharper, smoother, and richer picture.
Intel HD Graphics—Enhanced 3-D performance for immersive mainstream and casual gaming.
Intel Advanced Vector Extensions—A set of new instructions to improve software performance for floating point-intensive applications such as audio processing, audio codecs, and image and video editing applications.
Intel Virtualization Technology Allows one hardware platform to function as multiple "virtual" platforms. Offers improved manageability by limiting downtime and maintaining productivity by isolating computing activities into separate partitions.
Thermal Solution for Boxed CPUs Includes a four-pin connector for fan speed control to help minimize the acoustic noise levels generated from running the fan at higher speeds for thermal performance.
Ivy Bridge was all about optimizing the new architecture set forth by its predecessor. Intel claims that the shrunken 22nm manufacturing process along with innovations such as Tri-gate transistors will significantly reduce power consumption of the new Ivy Bridge processors and looking at the graphs we have, this certainly seems to be the case. The Core i5-3470 recorded the lowest power draw figures of any processor, which is clearly a testament to the power optimization improvements introduced in Ivy Bridge processors. AMD's FX processors clearly pale in comparison.
Core i5-3470 3.2GHz is a performance CPU based on the 22nm, Ivy Bridge architecture.It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 3.2GHz, which may go up to 3.7GHz and 6MB of L3 Cache. Its performance is very good and sufficient for extreme gaming.
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