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4.0 out of 5 stars Great CPU, though go for the K model, 26 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Intel Core I5-3570 Processor (3.40GHZ, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155) (Personal Computers)
For a quick review, read last update comment at the bottom.

This 3rd gen CPU is great, and now haswell (4th-gen) is out its great value too.

I upgraded from my laptops 'i7 1.7 GHz quad core' which was no slow beast, but this blows it away. I simply took the solid state drive from laptop and put it into my PC and now it hardly even has time to finish animating the windows logo before it loads the login screen.

Its also comes with a 'intel i5' sticker, attached on the back of the booklet.

One thing disappointed me though, and thats the clarity of information about the graphics units that modern Intel processors accommodate.

I was in two minds on whether to get the 3570 or the 3570K(overclocking version), after many forums say the K version is just for overclocking i went with 3570. £8 cheaper, so why not. It was only later that i found the 3570 features a 'HD 2500' GPU built-in and the 3570K comes with a 'HD 4000' GPU. I believe the 4000 is about twice as powerful as the 'HD 2500'.

While it doesn't really affect me too much as i have a powerful separate GPU, people looking at these CPU/GPU hybrids to avoid buying a separate GPU might also miss this subtle difference, losing out on a significant graphical performance improvement.

The moral is, read the fine print even if its the same model lol.

Edit (07-2013): I have managed to run 'League of Legends' on the internal GPU (HD 2500) at 1080p. I got a good 30-40fps, though on low graphic settings.
Recommend lowering default fan speed of 'full on all the time', which is a bit loud. Auto speed lets it run quieter while not under heavy load.

Edit (08/2013): Got Battlefield 3 running. With everything on max (1980x1080) runs at an average of 90fps and just over 70C.
One thing i didn't like is the cooler the CPU comes with. When the CPU gets around 60-70C the cooler starts to work hard and makes a little buzzing sound. I guess its quiet enough for most, but i find that sort of thing annoying. I have since replaced it with a Noctua NH-U12S. Bit of an impulse buy, but its dead quiet and CPU hasn't gone over 60C since.

Update(09/2014): Just an update to say the CPU is capable of running all the modern games of today. Strongly recommend if your making, what is now, a budget PC. Will re-update when Destiny, Star Citizen, Witcher 3, The Division, GTA V get a test. Comment if i forget and your still interested in this CPU.
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Initial post: 8 Jan 2014 21:22:08 GMT
Hi, do you know if this processor is compatible with the Dell Inspiron 620?

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jan 2014 22:25:54 GMT
Someguy says:
If your PC has the same mother board the day you bought it, I believe it is compatible.
A quick google shows the Inspiron 620 has a Intel i3 2120, which requires a LGA1155 socket. This processor (i5 3570) also requires a LGA1155 socket.

Posted on 25 Jan 2015 14:44:48 GMT
coolhand says:
Thank you for a superb review! I was JUST looking to find the sweet-spot at which HD Graphics 4000 begin to appear on Intel CPUs. It's taken me most of the afternoon and your review helped me enormously.

Cheers!

Luke.
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