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intel i3 7350k, nice litte beast

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Presler    1,552
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Intel's third overclocker-friendly SKU from its 7th generation Core "Kaby Lake" processor family, the Core i3-7350K, is shaping up to be an interesting option for gaming PC builds. It may be a dual-core chip, which at $177 is within striking-range of the current $189 Core i5-6400 quad-core chip, but the lack of two cores appears to be more than made up for by its significantly higher clock speeds, even in multi-threaded benchmarks. The i3-7350K is clocked at 4.00 GHz, out of the box. It's also the only Core i3 desktop SKU to feature Turbo Boost, with a frequency of 4.20 GHz. It chip comes with an unlocked base-clock multiplier, letting you overclock it with ease.

A PC enthusiast with access to a Core i3-7350K sample put it through Geekbench, where it scored 5,137 points in the single-threaded tests, and 10,048 in multi-threaded tests. Here's where it gets interesting - the Core i5-6400 quad-core chip scores 3,686 points (single-threaded), and 9,982 points (multi-threaded. The i5-6400 is clocked at a mere 2.70 GHz, with 3.30 GHz Turbo Boost. Even the higher clocked i5-4670K "Haswell" quad-core chip (3.40 GHz core, 3.80 GHz Turbo Boost) doesn't manage to beat the i3-7350K, with 4,361 points (single-threaded), and 10,036 points (multi-threaded).

 

Unlocked i3 K processor, nice for budget clockers and gamers.

 

Budget Sauce

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Presler    1,552

It's only one of three unlocked CPU's in the entire socket range. From the benchmarks the 7350k will score better than my 4670k and at the release price will probably be half the price of it's quad core i5 sibling. So for any budget build with that type of performance it will give builders a chance to spend money on a good motherboard or GPU and still be able to produce neat figures and throw just about any game at it with acceptable settings.

 

It's that poor mans performer that most guys want that can't afford mid to high range CPU's because of price.

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