Intel Core i5-3570K vs AMD FX-8150

General info

Comparing Core i5-3570K and FX-8150 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

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Market segment
Desktop processor
Desktop processor
Intel Core i5 (Desktop)
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Architecture codename
Ivy Bridge
Launch date
29 April 2012 (9 years ago)
12 October 2011 (9 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
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Price now
$111 (0.5x MSRP)

Technical specs

Core i5-3570K and FX-8150 basic parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of CPU speed, though for more precise assessment you have to consider their test results.

Physical cores
4 (Quad-Core)
8 (Octa-Core)
Base clock speed
3.4 GHz
3.6 GHz
Boost clock speed
3.8 GHz
4.2 GHz
L1 cache
64K (per core)
384 KB
L2 cache
256K (per core)
8192 KB
L3 cache
6 MB (shared)
8192 KB
Chip lithography
22 nm
32 nm
Die size
160 mm2
315 mm2
Maximum core temperature
67 °C
61 °C
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
67 °C
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Number of transistors
1,400 million
1,200 million
64 bit support
Unlocked multiplier
P0 Vcore voltage
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Min: 1.0125 V - Max: 1.4125 V


Information on Core i5-3570K and FX-8150 compatibility with other computer components: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration
Thermal design power (TDP)
77 Watt
125 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i5-3570K and FX-8150. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX
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Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
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Turbo Boost Technology
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Hyper-Threading Technology
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Idle States
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Thermal Monitoring
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Security technologies

Core i5-3570K and FX-8150 technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

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Secure Key
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Identity Protection
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Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i5-3570K and FX-8150 are enumerated here.

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Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Core i5-3570K and FX-8150. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory types
DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600
Maximum memory size
32 GB
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Max memory channels
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Maximum memory bandwidth
25.6 GB/s
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Graphics specifications

General parameters of integrated GPUs, if any.

Integrated graphics card
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Quick Sync Video
Clear Video HD
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Graphics max frequency
1.15 GHz
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InTru 3D
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Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i5-3570K and FX-8150 integrated GPUs.

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Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i5-3570K and FX-8150.

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Benchmark performance

Various benchmark results of the processors in comparison. Overall score is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

i5-3570K 5.61
FX-8150 5.75 +2.5%


Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

i5-3570K 4921
FX-8150 5050 +2.6%

3DMark Fire Strike Physics

i5-3570K 6070
FX-8150 6120 +0.8%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Core i5-3570K and FX-8150. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
5.9 Mh/s
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Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i5-3570K and FX-8150 are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately. Also, your gaming PC must have a decent enough GPU to perform well.

Both CPUs satisfy the 96% minimum and 87% recommended requirements of all games known to us.


Competitors of Core i5-3570K from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i5-3570K from AMD is FX-8140, which is faster by 1% and higher by 5 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i5-3570K:

Competitors of FX-8150 from Intel

We believe that the nearest equivalent to FX-8150 from Intel is Core i5-5575R, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

Here are some closest Intel rivals to FX-8150:

Advantages of Intel Core i5-3570K

Somewhat newer (29 April 2012 vs 12 October 2011)

Cheaper ($111 vs $115)

Finer manufacturing process technology (22 vs 32 nm)

Lower power consumption (77W vs 125W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

Intel 64 (64-bit Intel CPU architecture. Almost identical to AMD64, except small and rarely used nuances)

Anti-Theft (Anti-Theft enabled laptop, if equipped with a 3G module, can be blocked remotely by an SMS message when stolen)

Idle States (a set of CPU idle states of varied depth, used for energy saving purposes)

Enhanced SpeedStep (saves energy by managing CPU frequency and voltage in realtime. Supercedes SpeedStep)

Execute Disable Bit (allows marking some memory ranges as non-executable, thus protecting software against so-called "buffer overflow" attacks)

AES-NI (Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions - additional instructions for hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption)

Thermal Monitoring Technologies



Advantages of AMD FX-8150

2.5% better performance in benchmarks

Higher boost clock speed (4200 vs 3800 MHz)

Higher base clock speed (3600 vs 3400 MHz)

AMD64 (AMD CPUs 64-bit architecture. Almost identical to Intel 64, save for some little and rarely used nuances)

Virtualization (Hardware acceleration of virtual machines)


So, which one is the better CPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between Intel Core i5-3570K and AMD FX-8150. The differences in performance seem too small.

Should you still have questions on choice between Core i5-3570K and FX-8150, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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