Intel Core i3-7350K Processor Review

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Final Thoughts and Conclusions


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.

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


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.

LR Recommended Award

Legit Bottom Line: The Intel Core i3-7350K offers impressive performance on lightly threaded applications and easily overclocks up to and beyond 5 GHz!

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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,