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Intel Readies Unlocked Core i3-7350K Kaby Lake Processor – Budget-Tier Overclocking Chips For The Masses

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted Nov 12, 2016
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Intel is preparing a range of overclocking chips based on their upcoming Kaby Lake architecture. While we have already seen Core i7 and Core i5 K-Series chips, latest leaks suggest that Intel would also offer at least one i3 K-Series processor.

Intel Core i3-7350K Designed For Entry Level Overclockers – Priced Below $180 US

The Intel Core i3-7350K is an interesting part as it will bring overclocking back to the masses. Previously, Intel excluded overclocking support on Core i3 processors but due to emerging demand, they will be bringing it back. Intel’s Core i3 processors are generally one step ahead of their Pentium lineup and get higher clock speeds that result in better performance. In the past, we have seen Core i3 models to feature hyper-threading technology. With Kaby Lake, even some Pentiums would feature HT support.

Moving on to the specific model, we are looking at the Intel Core i3-7350K processor. This chip has a maximum boost clock of 4.2 GHz out of box. Features 4 MB of L3 cache and would be unlocked. This would be the only K Series processor in the Core i3 Kaby Lake family. The TDP would be set at 91W which is same as the other i7’s and i5’s K-Series models.

The processor would be a regular Dual Core variant with four threads. Pricing is suggested around $150-$180 US which is decent enough for entry level users who want to have fun overclocking.

Intel Core i7-7700K – The Fastest Core i7 Kaby Lake Processor:

The Intel Core i7-7700K processor is the fastest Core i7 chip in the Kaby Lake lineup. This chip features a quad core, hyper-threaded design. The chip is based on the latest 14nm Plus process node which delivers improved efficiency and performance on the existing 14nm FinFET technology. The clock speeds are rated 4.2 GHz base and 4.5 GHz boost. The processor packs 8 MB of L3 cache and has a TDP of 91W. The Core i7-7700K CPU will retail at $349 US.

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Intel Core i5-7600K – The Fastest Core i5 Kaby Lake Processor:

The Intel Core i5-7600K processor is the fastest Core i5 chip in the Kaby Lake lineup. This chip features a quad core, non-hyper-threaded design. The chip is based on the latest 14nm Plus process node which delivers improved efficiency and performance on the existing 14nm FinFET technology. The clock speeds are rated 3.8 GHz base and 4.2 GHz boost. The processor packs 6 MB of L3 cache and has a TDP of 91W. The Core i5-7600K CPU will retail at $239 US.

Intel Core i3-7350K – The Fastest Core i3 Kaby Lake Processor:

The Intel Core i3-7350K processor is the fastest Core i3 chip in the Kaby Lake lineup. This chip features a dual core, hyper-threaded design. The chip is based on the latest 14nm Plus process node which delivers improved efficiency and performance on the existing 14nm FinFET technology. The clock speeds are rated 4.0 GHz base and 4.2 GHz boost. The processor packs 4 MB of L3 cache and will have a TDP around 91W. The Core i3-7350K CPU will retail around $180 US.

Intel 7th Generation 'Kaby Lake' Desktop Lineup

SKU NameCores/ThreadsCore ClockBoost ClockL3 CacheTDPSocketPrice
Core i7-7700K4/84.2 GHz4.5 GHz8 MB91WLGA1151$349 US
Core i7-77004/83.6 GHz4.2 GHz8 MB65WLGA1151$309 US
Core i7-7700T4/82.9 GHzTBD8 MB35WLGA1151TBC
Core i5-7600K4/43.8 GHz4.2 GHz6 MB91WLGA1151$239 US
Core i5-76004/43.5 GHz4.1 GHz6 MB65WLGA1151$219 US
Core i5-7600T4/42.8 GHzTBD6 MB35WLGA1151TBC
Core i5-75004/43.4 GHz3.8 GHz6 MB65WLGA1151$189 (Pre-Order)
Core i5-7500T4/42.7 GHzTBD6 MB35WLGA1151TBC
Core i5-74004/43.0 GHz3.5 GHz6 MB65WLGA1151$189 US
Core i5-7400T4/42.4 GHzTBD6 MB35WLGA1151TBC
Core i3-7350K2/44.0 GHz4.2 GHz4 MB61W?LGA 1151$177 (Pre-Order)
Core i3-73202/43.9 GHz4.1 GHz4 MBTBDLGA 1151$166 (Pre-Order)
Core i3-73002/44.0 GHzTBD4 MB51WLGA1151$153 (Pre-Order)
Core i3-7310T2/43.4 GHzTBD3 MBTBDLGA1151TBC
Core i3-71002/23.9 GHzTBD3 MB35WLGA 1151$122 (Pre-Order)
Pentium G46202/43.7 GHzN/A3 MB51WLGA1151$98 (Pre-Order)
Pentium G46002/43.6 GHzN/A3 MB51WLGA 1151$87 (Pre-Order)
Pentium G45602/23.5 GHzN/A2 MB35WLGA 1151$68 (Pre-Order)
Pentium G39502/23.0 GHzN/A2 MB35WLGA1151$56 (Pre-Order)
Pentium G39302/22.9 GHzN/A2 MB35WLGA1151$45 (Pre-Order)
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The unlocked Core i3 part will be really interesting for consumers. Intel is returning back to offer an unlocked Core i3 chip after a long time. The chip will be under $200 US and allow more users to overclock budget tier chips, essentially those who cannot go for the $230 US priced Core i5-7600K chip. We have to wait till CES ’17 announcement for more details on performance of this part.

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