Monday, November 28th 2016

Intel Core i3-7350K "Kaby Lake" Benchmarks Surface

Intel's third overclocker-friendly SKU from its 7th generation Core "Kaby Lake" processor family, the Core i3-7350K, is shaping up to be an interesting option for gaming PC builds. It may be a dual-core chip, which at $177 is within striking-range of the current $189 Core i5-6400 quad-core chip, but the lack of two cores appears to be more than made up for by its significantly higher clock speeds, even in multi-threaded benchmarks. The i3-7350K is clocked at 4.00 GHz, out of the box. It's also the only Core i3 desktop SKU to feature Turbo Boost, with a frequency of 4.20 GHz. It chip comes with an unlocked base-clock multiplier, letting you overclock it with ease.

A PC enthusiast with access to a Core i3-7350K sample put it through Geekbench, where it scored 5,137 points in the single-threaded tests, and 10,048 in multi-threaded tests. Here's where it gets interesting - the Core i5-6400 quad-core chip scores 3,686 points (single-threaded), and 9,982 points (multi-threaded. The i5-6400 is clocked at a mere 2.70 GHz, with 3.30 GHz Turbo Boost. Even the higher clocked i5-4670K "Haswell" quad-core chip (3.40 GHz core, 3.80 GHz Turbo Boost) doesn't manage to beat the i3-7350K, with 4,361 points (single-threaded), and 10,036 points (multi-threaded).
Source: OC3D
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23 Comments on Intel Core i3-7350K "Kaby Lake" Benchmarks Surface

#1
MadsMagnus
1 benchmark. A benchmark which has a large background in testing single-core performance on ARM based devices.

I ain't holding my breath.
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#2
Vayra86
btarunr said:
Intel's third overclocker-friendly SKU from its 7th generation Core "Kaby Lake" processor family, the Core i3-7350K, is shaping up to be an interesting option for gaming PC builds. It may be a dual-core chip, which at $177 is within striking-range of the current $189 Core i5-6400 quad-core chip, but the lack of two cores appears to be more than made up for by its significantly higher clock speeds, even in multi-threaded benchmarks. The i3-7350K is clocked at 4.00 GHz, out of the box. It's also the only Core i3 desktop SKU to feature Turbo Boost, with a frequency of 4.20 GHz. It chip comes with an unlocked base-clock multiplier, letting you overclock it with ease.

A PC enthusiast with access to a Core i3-7350K sample put it through Geekbench, where it scored 5,137 points in the single-threaded tests, and 10,048 in multi-threaded tests. Here's where it gets interesting - the Core i5-6400 quad-core chip scores 3,686 points (single-threaded), and 9,982 points (multi-threaded. The i5-6400 is clocked at a mere 2.70 GHz, with 3.30 GHz Turbo Boost. Even the higher clocked i5-4670K "Haswell" quad-core chip (3.40 GHz core, 3.80 GHz Turbo Boost) doesn't manage to beat the i3-7350K, with 4,361 points (single-threaded), and 10,036 points (multi-threaded).



Source: OC3D
Here is where it gets interesting.... the 7350k is clocked at 4.2 Ghz boost.... So either the article is plain wrong or someone was drunk. The Haswell chip isn't clocked higher, it's clocked at 3.8 boost.

Bottom line, it doesn't get interesting, because these chips all OC with two presses of a button. Kaby Lake is showing the same 2-3% IPC improvement it always has, nothing new here.

Moving on...
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#3
silentbogo
And it's Geekbench again.
With this score it is only a tad faster than a non-OCed i3-6300@3.8GHz, and whooping 10% faster than my i3-6100 at stock 3.7GHz in both single- and multi-core performance.
I'm wondering why these sources are constantly using the most unreliable multi-platform benchmark meant for tablets and phones?
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#4
P4-630
The Way It's Meant to be Played
Overclocking......Hmm nice...But I don't think I would trade in my i5 6500 for this... :p
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#5
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Dat price. :(
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#6
Harry Lloyd
Very nice, much better than the slowest i5. Much higher single-threaded performance (still important in so many apps and games) and on par multi-threaded performance. You do not even have to overclock it, you can still pair it with a B/H board and DDR4-2133 if you are on a budget.
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#7
phanbuey
unless you're able to get this thing north of 5Ghz on air, not sure that it will be worth it
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#9
jormungand
If thats the price of the i3 :o i dont wanna see the price on the i5 or the i7. Damnnnn
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#10
GhostRyder
A little pricier than I would have hoped...Though I still would like to get my hands on one.
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#11
TheGuruStud
6600k still $180 here lol

Intel must be starting to believe their own marketing.
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#12
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
phanbuey said:
unless you're able to get this thing north of 5Ghz on air, not sure that it will be worth it
5? That thing better be knocking on the door of 6.
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#13
geon2k2
Not bad if you think this is just an i3, but yeah the benchmark is not so reliable ... at least not alone.
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#14
Forza.Milan
is there any evidence which clearly about this core i3 is absolutely a true dual core with four thread, or it is just fake core i5 to make old generations looks bad..
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#15
phanbuey
im sure it could crush some superpi
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#16
TheGuruStud
Forza.Milan said:
is there any evidence which clearly about this core i3 is absolutely a true dual core with four thread, or it is just fake core i5 to make old generations looks bad..
synthetic benchmarks are stupid
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#17
Prima.Vera
The thing with dual-cores, if you start multitasking like crazy, and opening a tons of programs, like you have to do on your office daily work, , the laptop/pc will start to slow down very bad, specially on Windows 10 which supports MT.
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#18
phanbuey
if this chip was like $120-130, I would pick it up, just top see if I could get it as high as possible before completely exploding it.
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#19
dalekdukesboy
Maybe just me and I'm burnt out from nothing vaguely innovative or certainly revolutionary since 2012 but my reaction to this is big fucking deal Intel.
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#20
Dethroy
Vayra86 said:
Here is where it gets interesting.... the 7350k is clocked at 4.2 Ghz boost.... So either the article is plain wrong or someone was drunk. The Haswell chip isn't clocked higher, it's clocked at 3.8 boost.
FACEPALM
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#21
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
Forza.Milan said:
is there any evidence which clearly about this core i3 is absolutely a true dual core with four thread, or it is just fake core i5 to make old generations looks bad..
Well, I seriously doubt intel has lied about it. The previous i3's have all been dual core with HT. I have to say, the HT works very, very well on the i3 based on previous gens. Speeding it up as far as they have will definitely help that.
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#22
Ieat
TheGuruStud said:
6600k still $180 here lol

Intel must be starting to believe their own marketing.
I love it when people compare retail price with street price and sale prices...
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#23
TheGuruStud
Don't worry, street price will still be high. I doubt it's going to be a volume part (and what moron is going to buy it). After they sit in warehouses for a while...
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