Intel Core i3-7350K Processor Overclocked To 5.0 GHz

The new Intel 7th Generation Kaby Lake desktop processors are interesting from an enthusiast perspective as Intel has given Core i3 and Pentium models Intel Hyper-Threading technology. In the past, this was a technology only reserved for Core i5 and Core i7 series processors, but times have changed. When Intel rolled out the Kaby Lake desktop processor lineup earlier this week we were excited about the Intel Core i3-7350K processor. The Intel Core i3-7350K is an interesting part 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.

Intel Core i7-7350K Overclock to 5 GHz

While we were meeting with Intel at CES 2017 we were shown a demo on an Intel Core i3-7350K processor overclocked to 5.0GHz. Not bad for a CPU that comes from Intel without Turbo Boost being enabled. Intel was using Mini-ITX Small Form Factor (SFF) system and was using a Corsair H115i CPU liquid cooler to pull off the rather impressive overclock. Intel Kaby Lake processors all seem to overclock to 5.0GHz and beyond, so we are really excited about the headroom in this new 14nm processor series.

Intel Core i7-7350K Overclock System CES 2017

Intel ran Cinebench R15 on the system and got an overall score of 514 points on the standard CPU test that runs on all available cores/threads and then 204 points on the CPU single core test. We took a peak at the CPU core voltage in CPU-Z to see what Intel was using on the MSI Z270 mini-ITX board and the software was showing it was using 1.440V, which isn’t too bad.

Intel Core i7-7350K Overclock to 5.0 GHz

Single-threaded performance looks great on this processor, so we see it being a hit for those that can get away with two physical cores. A dual-core processor with Hyper-Threading running at 5 GHz yields a very responsive system when combined with a SATA SSD or PCIe SSD. Those looking for a low-cost build should be able to build a system around this processor and use a low-cost high-capacity hard drive and then a 16GB Intel Optane Memory M.2 solution to also have a peppy little system without breaking the bank. We have an Intel Core i3-7350K processor being delivered this week and will have our own in-depth review and analysis real soon. We are excited by Intel’s teaser and hope you are as well!

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  • Paulo Felisberto

    Not that impressive if it requires a Z motherboard. Maybe if some vendor releases BIOS for H110 or B150/B250 Motherboards, it turns diferente as it worked with old Pentium K G3258

  • Terry Perry

    Like my 6350 AMD 6 core. Tried to load Titan 2 the game came on and said the game needs a Real 4 core to run.go get the I7.

  • Exciting, i say that because, i am so finding that going from 32 bit to 64 bit operating system: that core speed, and fast hard drive response, is so needed. i have championed my getting my video work done on x58 operating platforms. i have moved from 920’s to 960’s and am in the blueprint of getting to where many of you have been for years. i have purchased a 980x and have on call a 990, what i have found, is higher clock, and limited threads, still gets my video work done quicker, what i speculate is, my program is one or two core efficient ” that”s all ” call me out on my errors, but going up to 4 Ghz. has made a striking improvement. So, i would like to follow these benchmarks with an i3, and go to the z270 platform, to get the equivalent or better. then on craigslist, goes all my old hardware. i would like to follow along on your test and set up, and build two systems. i know of x99 v3, ” like it, but still retro imo” i think you can get me into ddr4 with this, and i won’t stay stuck with ddr3 🙂 ., cheers, love reading your set ups, builds, and testing, thomas, gx, vancouver canada, best 2017 to yourselves and readers.

    • William Anderson

      blah blah blah

      • well that took some thinking on your part. you not into computer stuff any more ?

        • James

          Dont listen to that goob, its a harware review site.. I find it interesting how other people approach their economical builds.

    • Coach

      It just depends on your budget, but for video rendering, I would probably go with a four-core at least. However, check out the new Pentium G4560! It is also a dual-core with hyperthreading; Intel’s first hyper-threading Pentiums are out). It is listed as being $64 (US) retail. It runs @3.5ghz with no turbo. Funny how AMD is making chips that will no longer have a dual core in the lineup, while Intel is moving down into that area with all new dual cores, some having HT, some not. For the first time in history, we may see that Intel will have cheap, low-end cpus and AMD will not in the coming CPU lineups.

    • Paul

      Ummm yeah, except that in a non-wooden PC a 64bit system doesn’t use noticeably more resources than 32bit. Maybe you should just shut up.