Core i5-3550 vs Core i7-3820QM comparison
Our benchmark analysis concludes that the Core i5-3550 performs better than the Core i7-3820QM. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i7-3820QM in all gaming tests too.
Our spec comparison shows that they have an identical amount of cores but the Core i7-3820QM has more threads. These CPUs have different clock speeds. Indeed, the Core i5-3550 has a slightly higher clock speed compared to the Core i7-3820QM. In addition, both chips have the same turbo speed. The Core i7-3820QM outputs less heat than Core i5-3550 thanks to a significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.
Most CPUs have more threads than cores. This technology, colloquially called hyperthreading, improves performance by splitting a core into multiple virtual ones. This provides more efficient utilisation of a core. For instance, the Core i5-3550 has the same number of threads as cores. This means the the CPU does not support hyperthreading.