The Intel Core i7-7350K processor is a quick dual-core processor with Intel Hyper-Threading technology that delivers outstanding performance in lightly threaded applications. This processor won’t challenge recent Intel quad-core processors in heavily threaded applications, but that is why it has a $168 price point. The Intel Core i7-7700K processor cores has 1ku tray pricing at $339.00, so when you think about it the pricing makes sense as both have the same base clock speed and the Core i3-7350K has half as many physical cores. Half price for half the cores.
Overclocking performance on the Intel Core i3-7350K processor was solid and that is what most will expect from a Intel ‘K’ series unlocked processor. We managed to go from the processors 4.2 GHz base clock to 5.1 GHz by simply increasing the CPU voltage and multiplier. Overclocking like this is easy and can be easily done by novice overclockers in just a few minutes. If the performance numbers in this article weren’t high enough for you we suggest taking a closer look at the Intel Core i5-7600K unlocked processor that has the same 4.2 GHz base clock, but four physical cores along with more cache, and an actual boost clock for $242. If you want something with four cores and Intel Hyper-Threading technology, the Intel Core i7-7700K is still the way to go for $339. The Intel Core i7-7700K might be double the price, but it is also twice as fast when it comes to transcoding and other CPU intensive tasks.
This processor is ideal for an enthusiast on a budget that wants an unlocked processor that they can overclock for doing light tasks. For things like web surfing and simple daily tasks you can’t feel the difference between the Core i3-7350K and the Core i7-7700K. It’s only when you get to converting movies or manipulating 3D images when you wish you had extra cores.
Legit Bottom Line: The Intel Core i3-7350K offers impressive performance on lightly threaded applications and easily overclocks up to and beyond 5 GHz!