Sunday, May 28th 2017

Intel Cuts Price of Core i3-7350K Overclocker-friendly Dual-core Chip

Over the weekend, Intel cut the retail price of its overclocker-friendly dual-core chip, the Core i3-7350K. The chip is now priced at USD $149, down from its launch price of $184. Based on the 14 nm "Kaby Lake" silicon, the i3-7350K is designed to target the performance-segment gaming PC crowd by offering two cores clocked extremely high out of the box, which in Intel's calculation could prove sufficient to power gaming at 1080p or even 1440p. Then there's always the joy of overclocking, thanks to its unlocked base-clock multiplier.

The Core i3-7350K features out of the box clock speeds of 4.20 GHz. Turbo Boost isn't available to the Core i3 brand. The dual-core chip features HyperThreading, enabling 4 logical CPUs for the OS to deal with. It also gets 4 MB of shared L3 cache. Its $184 launch price may have been rendered untenable by competing AMD Ryzen 5-1500X and Ryzen 5-1400 quad-core parts priced at $189 and $169, respectively, which not just give you two more cores, but also double or quadruple the L3 cache, and unlocked multipliers. Unlike the two Ryzen 5 quad-core parts, the Core i3-7350K retail package lacks a stock cooler, escalating its cost by at least another $20 for a decent cooler, if you don't have one. These factors may have driven the price-cut.
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32 Comments on Intel Cuts Price of Core i3-7350K Overclocker-friendly Dual-core Chip

#1
evernessince
Still too expensive given you have to buy an overclocking motherboard and CPU cooler. It still works out to more than the Ryzen parts and those give you 4 real cores.
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#2
ShurikN
A dual core part in this day and age shouldn't be more than $60. 80 bucks max for this niche product. And you still don't have a cooler. And we all know how easy the Kaby Lake is to cool when OCed, so good luck with that $20 cooler. Unless you are not going to OC, in which case you can buy a regular i3 or a 4T pentium.
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#3
XiGMAKiD
Good news for people looking for a novelty product
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#4
Chaitanya
For anyone still buying Dual core cpus.
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#5
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Chaitanya said:
For anyone still buying Dual core cpus.

Only applicable if they don't have SMT. Case in point: The Pentium G4560 is probably the best value CPU out there.
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#6
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
evernessince said:
Still too expensive given you have to buy an overclocking motherboard and CPU cooler. It still works out to more than the Ryzen parts and those give you 4 real cores.
Zen overclocking boards are in the same price range as the Z270 boards.
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#7
darkangel0504
Frick said:
Zen overclocking boards are in the same price range as the Z270 boards.
you can OC with a B350 mainboard.
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#8
zelnep
Frick said:
Zen overclocking boards are in the same price range as the Z270 boards.
wrong! even cheapest x370 boards are -30% cheaper than the cheapest z270... and you do not even need x370 to overclock - there is even cheaper b350.
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#9
Captain_Tom
I was just at a micro-center where this i3 was $129. Even then I would say it's too high, and thus I would say $105 would probably be the most fair price.

You have to remember that 4-thread Pentiums are $60 - $75 (And can still usually be overclocked to 4.5GHz through BLCK), and of course Ryzen is $170 for double the cores.

Even with higher clockspeeds/IPC, one has to remember that long-term 4c/8t Ryzens will smash i3's...
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#10
Camm
Was anyone actually buying these other than novelty OC thrashing?
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#11
RejZoR
Buying dual core, even if highly clocked in current time is stupid. It doesn't matter how high it clocks, we know games already utilize more than 4 cores and 4 cores is kinda a norm now. I mean, the last dual core I had was back in 2008 (Core 2 Duo E5200). It overclocked high back then to 3.8 GHz as well, but back then, dual cores made sense. They don't anymore now. I mean, almost a whole decade has passed since...
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#12
YukikazeQ
Chaitanya said:
For anyone still buying Dual core cpus.

For anyone still buying <= Quad core cpus.
ftfy
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#13
Imsochobo
Frick said:
Zen overclocking boards are in the same price range as the Z270 boards.
70 bucks new ?
400 bucks and you have an 8 core and a motherboard capable of 4ghz (I've done so) in m-atx.

Lovely :D

Anyways on to the topic at hand, this cpu should be 80 bucks cause dualcores are crappy and belongs to pre 2010.
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#14
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
darkangel0504 said:
you can OC with a B350 mainboard.
I know. The cheapest B350 board here is a bit less than €100. The cheapest Z270 is about the same. There's a plethora of z270 boards about €120, ditto with B350. The cheapest x370 board is a bit less than €150.


EDIT: Looked up prices again, and it turns out the cheapest b350 is about €15 less than the cheapest z270. A difference, but not a huge difference.
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#15
Imsochobo
Frick said:
I know. The cheapest B350 board here is a bit less than €100. The cheapest Z270 is about the same. There's a plethora of z270 boards about €120, ditto with B350. The cheapest x370 board is a bit less than €150.


EDIT: Looked up prices again, and it turns out the cheapest b350 is about €15 less than the cheapest z270. A difference, but not a huge difference.
where do you find it?
Germany, UK, Norway and sweden and I found a B350 Asus Prime at 85€ and below.
115 euro for Z270 thus making it 30€ less for a B350.
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#16
hojnikb
Cut the price to 99$, then it will make some sense.
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#17
Grings
The Broadwell-E price cuts are far more significant than this silly thing

6800K - £409 down to £339
6850K - £577 down to £409
6900K - £977 down to £835 - still a tough sell now with ryzen out
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#18
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
Chaitanya said:
For anyone still buying Dual core cpus.

This statement is made from pure ignorance. Do some research. Talk at length with real people using them.
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#19
Captain_Tom
Grings said:
The Broadwell-E price cuts are far more significant than this silly thing

6800K - £409 down to £339
6850K - £577 down to £409
6900K - £977 down to £835 - still a tough sell now with ryzen out
I don't want to comment on UK pricing, but at least in USD I think it should be:

-6950X = $999
-6900K = $549
-6850K = $399
-6800K = $299

^Same goes for the Skylake-X replacements.


The problem is it costs Intel more money than AMD to make the equivalent products (AMD has better yields, and their CCX design saves even more money). Thus I don't think Intel could even do these prices while making a decent profit. I would argue they should lose some profits to keep marketshare though....
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#20
Captain_Tom
Frick said:
Only applicable if they don't have SMT. Case in point: The Pentium G4560 is probably the best value CPU out there.
Bingo. Imo that's one of the only CPU's left from Intel that still is incredibly competitive. You can overclock it to 4.5GHz, and at those clocks it can compete with the i5-7400 and R5 1400. For $58 - $70!!!


An excellent entry CPU to be paired with an RX 560, 550 Ti, or even a 1060/570 if you can find one cheap.
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#21
Grings
Captain_Tom said:
I don't want to comment on UK pricing, but at least in USD I think it should be:

-6950X = $999
-6900K = $549
-6850K = $399
-6800K = $299

^Same goes for the Skylake-X replacements.


The problem is it costs Intel more money than AMD to make the equivalent products (AMD has better yields, and their CCX design saves even more money). Thus I don't think Intel could even do these prices while making a decent profit. I would argue they should lose some profits to keep marketshare though....
The 6800k still shows as $439 on newegg?

i listed them prices as that is what they have dropped to on scan.co.uk, yeah uk pricing is awful, but what we can take from it is that the 6850k (the 40 pci lane one) is now the price the 28 lane 6800k was, an almost £170 price drop
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Captain_Tom
Grings said:
The 6800k still shows as $439 on newegg?

i listed them prices as that is what they have dropped to on scan.co.uk, yeah uk pricing is awful, but what we can take from it is that the 6850k (the 40 pci lane one) is now the price the 28 lane 6800k was, an almost £170 price drop
I am just saying what I think they should be priced at. Intel's HEDT CPU's are still massively overpriced.
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#23
Grings
Captain_Tom said:
I am just saying what I think they should be priced at. Intel's HEDT CPU's are still massively overpriced.
Assuming we see similar price drops in the US its really not that far off what you would like to see, and the bottom 6 core almost the same price as the mainstream i7 k again, with 2 more cores, looks good value

I'm pretty sure however these price drops have just as much/more to do with the imminent x299 release than competing with AMD
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#24
Captain_Tom
Grings said:
Assuming we see similar price drops in the US its really not that far off what you would like to see, and the bottom 6 core almost the same price as the mainstream i7 k again, with 2 more cores, looks good value

I'm pretty sure however these price drops have just as much/more to do with the imminent x299 release than competing with AMD
Fun question: Do you think Skylake-X will be priced above or below these Broadwell-E prices?

Personally I don't think Intel is just preparing for AMD's x299, I think they are also softening the blow of the massively lower prices the Skylake-X and Coffeelake CPU's will have. I fully expect 6-core Coffeelake i7's to be under $349.
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#25
Grings
I think they will be at least at the pre-drop BW-E prices, £$400+ for the bottom Sandy-E, the Kaby 4 core may be 360ish, but probably at least a little more than a 7700k

With all the extra core counts we might see the 8 core models drop a bit, charging 3 times the price of an 8 core ryzen is a bit much after all

I think you are right about the coffeelake 6 cores, i dont think they will charge any more than $50 more than the top 115x chips have been going for, 6 core will just become the new norm, we have already seen them add hyperthreading to pentiums at virtually no price increase this gen
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