Monday, February 19, 2018

Intel Core i3-7350K Kaby Lake Processor Review

When Intel released their 7th Generation Core “Kaby Lake” processors there was a rather interesting processor in the bunch, it was the Core i3-7350K. This was the first time Intel released a Core i3 series processor that featured HyperThreading technology as well as being a fully unlocked K-SKU. If you remember back in 2014 Intel released the Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition, which was fully unlocked, but did not feature HyperThreading. With the Core i3-7350K you get a dual-core, 4-thread processor running at 4.20 GHz, with a TDP of only 60W. You get all of this for a modest $168. Could this be the entry level enthusiast part people have been looking for? Read on as we find out!

Special thanks to Intel for providing us with the Core i3-7350K Kaby Lake Processor to review.

Let’s take a look at the details of the Core i3-7350K and see where it sits in the Core Kaby Lake Lineup.

CPU Cores/
i7-7700K 4/8 4.2/4.5 HD 630 8 MB 91 W $339
i7-7700 4/8 3.6/4.2 HD 630 8 MB 65 W $303
i7-7700T 4/8 2.9/3.8 HD 630 8 MB 35 W $303
i5-7600K 4/4 3.8/4.2 HD 630 6 MB 91 W $242
i5-7600 4/4 3.5/4.1 HD 630 6 MB 65 W $213
i5-7600T 4/4 2.8/3.7 HD 630 6 MB 35 W $213
i5-7500 4/4 3.4/3.8 HD 630 6 MB 65 W $192
i5-7500T 4/4 2.7/3.3 HD 630 6 MB 35 W $192
i5-7400 4/4 3.0/3.5 HD 630 6 MB 65 W $182
i5-7400T 4/4 2.4/3.0 HD 630 6 MB 35 W $182
i3-7350K 2/4 4.2 HD 630 4 MB 60 W $168
i3-7320 2/4 4.1 HD 630 4 MB 51 W $149
i3-7300 2/4 4.0 HD 630 4 MB 51 W $138
i3-7300T 2/4 3.5 HD 630 4 MB 35 W $138
i3-7100 2/4 3.9 HD 630 3 MB 51 W $117
i3-7100T 2/4 3.4 HD 630 3 MB 35 W $117

Taking a look at things the Core i3-7350K sits at the top of the Core i3 lineup. It features two core, but with HyperThreading that means 4 logical CPUs. Like all Core i3 parts it does not have a boost clock. It has 4MB of L3 cache and a TDP of only 60W.

Intel sent us an Engineering Sample of the chip so we do not have shots of the retail box. Here are shots of the chip before we put it in our test system.

Intel Core i3-7350K Kaby Lake Processor Intel Core i3-7350K Kaby Lake Processor

Bob Buskirk
the authorBob Buskirk
About 10 years of computer experience. Been messing around with electronics since I was 5, got into computers when I was in highschool, been modding them ever since then. Very interested in how things work and their design.
  • DiscussDisqus

    I don’t think this is a great value. I’d suggest either saving $100 and getting a Pentium G4560 for $65, which also has hyperthreading, or spending a little more getting a proper quad core.

  • Whatever910

    Pretty much every i5-7xxx and down processors have been rendered obsolete with Ryzen on the horizon anyway. Why someone would want to buy an i5, i3 or pentium right now is simply baffling, much less a dual core, even with HT. Might as well wait a month and put 30 more bucks on an AMD Ryzen 5 1400X 4c/8t or the same dollars on the 1300.

  • SteelCrysis

    AMD shill detected. We won’t know anything for sure until release day, when the reviews come out.

  • Whatever910

    Strawman logical fallacy detected.

    There’s plenty of reliable data availlable yet, especially from passmark… Just search the baselines yourself on the latest version for ryzen and amd engineering sample or ryzen serials. We also saw pretty solid evidence from Cinebench R15 runs and other reliable sources… But yeah, we’ll only know for sure when the NDA lifts, altho, early evidence suggests a wait and see approach instead of a blindly buy because you’re too impatient approach.

  • SteelCrysis

    You don’t know what a strawman is. Passmark and most synthetic benchmarks =/= real world testing or even close. Your so-called “reliable sources” are WTFTech and DGLee-esque shill fantasies.

  • Whatever910

    Fine, you don’t want to discuss this rationally and just blanket deny as well as display an arrogant ignorance for the sake of protecting some cognitive dissonance, soothe yourself. 🙂

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