Intel Core i3-7350K Processor Review

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Media Encoding & Encryption Benchmarks

HandBrake v1.0.1 – link

HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows. It is popular today as it allows you to transcode multiple input video formats to h.264 output format and is highly multithreaded. We used Big Buck Bunny as our input file, which has become one of the world standards for video benchmarks. For our benchmark scenario we used a standard 2D 4K (3840×2160) 60 FPS clip in the MP4 format and used Handbrake version 1.0.1 to do two things.

We used the new Fast 1080p30 preset to shrink that down to a 1920 x 1080 video clip to reduce the file size. This is something people often do to save space to put movies onto mobile devices. We also ran the workload using the normal preset as it puts the CPU at a higher load than the Fast 1080p30 preset.

X264 HD Encoding – link

the x264 HD Benchmark is a reproducible measure of how fast your machine can encode a short HD-quality video clip into a high quality x264 video file. It’s nice because everyone running it will use the same video clip and software. The video encoder (x264.exe) reports a fairly accurate internal benchmark (in frames per second) for each pass of the video encode and it also uses multi-core processors very efficiently. All these factors make this an ideal benchmark to compare different processors and systems to each other. We are using x264 HD v5.0.1 for this test.

Media Encoding Benchmark Results Summary: Our media tests showed that the Intel Core i7-7700K Kabylake processor was 6-7% faster in our handbrake test than the Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake processor and an impressive 13-14% faster than the Intel Core i7-4790K Haswell processor. More impressive is the fact that it was 30% to 46% faster than the Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge processor overclocked up to the same 4.5GHz clock speed. In our x264 HD benchmark the Intel Core i7-7700K  was 5% faster on the first pass and a solid 7% faster in the second pass versus the Core i7-6700K.  Not bad results here as this will shave tens of minutes off transcoding entire movies.

VeraCrypt 1.19 – link

VeraCrypt is an open-source disk encryption software brought to you by IDRIX and is a fork based on the discontinued TrueCrypt 7.1a utility. The developers claim that weaknesses found in TrueCrypt have been resolved with the VeraCrypt project. This is a popular utility used by people that don’t want to use Microsoft’s built-in encyption tool for Windows 10 called Bitlocker.

Encryption Benchmark Results Summary: If you plan on doing a ton of video editing or encryption, you are way better off with a quad-core processor as the Intel Core i3-7350K just doesn’t have enough cores to keep up!

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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,