Intel Core i3-7350K Processor Review

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Intel Core i3-7350K Kaby Lake CPU Performance

When Intel rolled out the Kaby Lake desktop processor lineup last week we were excited about the Intel Core i3-7350K processor. The Intel Core i3-7350K is an interesting part as it is a dual-core unlocked K-sku processor with relatively high clock speeds (4.2GHz) and hyper-threading technology for a modest $168.  Not bad for a chip that has 4MB of L3 cache, Intel HD 630 graphics and a TDP of just 60 Watts. The Intel Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition dual-core 3.2 GHz processor back in 2014 was the last true enthusiast friendly unlocked dual-core processor and it didn’t feature Hyper-Threading, but was priced lower at just $72. The new Intel Core i3-7350K  is priced more than twice that, so it is nice to see Intel supporting the budget friendly enthusiast market albeit at higher priced here in 2017.

Intel Core i7-7700K and Core i3-7350K

Intel 7th Generation ‘Kaby Lake’ LGA1151 Desktop CPU Lineup

SKU Name Cores/Threads Core Clock Boost Clock L3 Cache TDP Graphics Price (USD)
Core i7-7700K 4/8 4.2 GHz 4.5 GHz 8 MB 91W 630 $339
Core i7-7700 4/8 3.6 GHz 4.2 GHz 8 MB 65W 630 $303
Core i7-7700T 4/8 2.9 GHz 3.8 GHz 8 MB 35W 630 $303
Core i5-7600K 4/4 3.8 GHz 4.2 GHz 6 MB 91W 630 $242
Core i5-7600 4/4 3.5 GHz 4.1 GHz 6 MB 65W 630 $213
Core i5-7600T 4/4 2.8 GHz 3.7 GHz 6 MB 35W 630 $213
Core i5-7500 4/4 3.4 GHz 3.8 GHz 6 MB 65W 630 $192
Core i5-7500T 4/4 2.7 GHz 3.3 GHz 6 MB 35W 630 $192
Core i5-7400 4/4 3.0 GHz 3.5 GHz 6 MB 65W 630 $182
Core i5-7400T 4/4 2.4 GHz 3.0 GHz 6 MB 35W 630 $182
Core i3-7350K 2/4 4.2 GHz N/A 4 MB 60W 630 $168
Core i3-7320 2/4 4.1 GHz N/A 4 MB 51W 630 $149
Core i3-7300 2/4 4.0 GHz N/A 4 MB 51W 630 $138
Core i3-7300T 2/4 3.5 GHz N/A 3 MB 35W 630 $138
Core i3-7100 2/4 3.9 GHz N/A 3 MB 51W 630 $117
Core i3-7100T 2/4 3.4 GHz N/A 3 MB 35W 630 $117

 

The Intel Core i3-7350K processor is a 60W TDP dual-core processor with 4-threads since it has Intel Hyper-Threading technology. It does not have a boost clock, like all Intel Core i3 processors, so it it runs at it’s base clock of 4.2 GHz while under varying states of load. You can think of an Intel Core i3-7350K processor as half an Intel Core i7-7700K as it has the same base core clock with half the cores, cache and price tag.

Intel Core i7-7700K and Core i3-7350K Pins

Intel sent us over a bare Intel Core i3-7350K ES processor, so we don’t have any retail packaging to show you or CPU coolers to talk about!

Let’s take a look at the test system and then the test results!

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  • meh

    Any reason you only compared the chip with i7s? Why not do the same benchmarks with CPUs in a similar price range? (ie i5-6400)

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Because Intel never sent us any Core i5’s for testing, we didn’t buy any and the money isn’t there to go back and buy them.

  • ireadtabloids

    Found another typo. You call the 1080 a 6GB card on page one.
    Just trying to be helpful. No doubt hours alone doing the hard work testing this thing and writing the article is going to lead to a few typos without some help.

  • vrekman64

    (add a zero to “Core i7-770K”, p11, final thoughts etc)

    • Nathan Kirsch

      fixed! TY

      • Coach

        Lack of sleep after CES 2017 coverage. 😉

  • Beardoin

    I’ve a concern with your review regarding the i3 and hypertheading. You have the belief that this is the first in the range to have it, but the i3 has always had this feature and it was and still is the i5 that does not. I had a sandybridge i3 2100 with hypertheading enabled on it.

    • iconoclast421

      That is very odd indeed. Even the very first desktop i3 had hyperthreading. It is sad when the very first sentence has such a glaring error. Fake news?

    • TheAlmightyMatt

      Dumbest thing I’ve read all week. I can’t take this article seriously now. I sincerely hope it gets fixed.

  • pretty sweet, i say, lightly threaded, should mean something, ” to me ” it means one thread, internet, second thread, my data base for financials, that is all i need, and what i am going to use, with the small form factor, easy on budget power supply, and taking advantage of the z270 platform, thanks legit, enjoyed your review. , i test my load now on task manager, and look at how my cores are handling data, and still programs are not very good at this thready thing. 🙂 cheers.

    • i have made my second read of this article, ” enjoyed much ” my take away is, the die, is half of the full die, the lowest cost 2 core, at 51 watts, looks to be the real champ, for price / performance, tossing in the other platforms helps, a keeper performance test ” imo ” i am going to build and use two of these processors 7300 for a sff case, with the m2 stick, and change out all my stuff, good bye x58, hello mini 7700 . good article, shows the power of 2 cores,