Intel Core i3-7350K Processor Review

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Discrete GPU Gaming Performance

Thief

Thief is a series of stealth video games in which the player takes the role of Garrett, a master thief in a fantasy/steampunk world resembling a cross between the Late Middle Ages and the Victorian era, with more advanced technologies interspersed. Thief is the fourth title in the Thief series, developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix on February 25, 2014. We picked this game title for CPU testing as it is known to scale well with CPUs. We use the games built-in benchmark and test with the default settings with these changes; exclusive fullscreen, vSync off, 1920 x 1080, 60Hz.

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V, currently one of the hottest PC games, was finally released for the PC on April 14, 2015.  Developed by Rockstar, it is set in 2013 and the city of Los Santos.  It utilizes the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE) which Rockstar has been using since 2006, with multiple updates for technology improvements. We picked this game title for CPU testing as it is known to scale well with CPUs. We use the games built-in benchmark and test with the default settings with these changes; vSync off, 1920 x 1080, 60Hz.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is an action role-playing stealth video game developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix. Set in a cyberpunk-themed dystopian world in 2029, two years after the events of Human Revolution, Mankind Divided features the return of Adam Jensen from the previous game, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, with new technology and body augmentations. The game was released on August 23rd, 2016 for PC users and we are using it to show DX12 performance on the CPUs that we tested. DX12 removed most all of the CPU overhead, so we wanted to see what happens to performance on DX12 game titles as well. We use the games built-in benchmark and test with the default settings with these changes; DX12 enabled, exclusive fullscreen, vSync off, 1920 x 1080, 60Hz, medium graphics.

Discrete Gaming Benchmarks Results Summary: On the three game titles we tested the Intel Core i3-7350K actually does really well, but it is worth noting that a dual-core processor for gaming is arguably not enough these days. Many Intel Pentium G3258 dual-core processor owners recently found that Titanfall 2 would not launch on their dual-core processor without Hyper-Threading even in compatibility mode. Gamers found a way to use Extreme Injector with special DLL files in order to get the game to work and by replacing the DLL files it ran fine. The Intel Core i3-7350K has Intel Hyper-Threading technology and we think Intel gave this processor Hyper-Threading to prevent issues like that on true dual-core processors.

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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,