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Intel to release an unlocked Kaby Lake Core i3 desktop CPU

by Mark Tyson on 14 November 2016, 14:01

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Intel brought overclocking to the cheaper seats, not too long ago, with its Haswell refresh Pentium Anniversary Edition G3258. HEXUS did a thorough review of this budget OC-capable chip and gave it a coveted 'Editor's Choice' award due to its strong value, performance, and overclockability. That 2C/2T chip still sells but is getting rather long in the tooth...

Now rumours / leaks suggest that Intel is preparing a new affordable OC champ within the slightly higher end (from a Pentium) Core i3 Kaby Lake desktop range. This story features on several sites today with not one providing sources but WCCF Tech appears to have published the earliest and has a convincing looking Intel inventory screengrab (see below). So let's gather together all the details so far spilled about the next gen overclockable i3.

The Intel Core i3-7350K will run with a maximum boost frequency of 4.2GHz out of the box. This unlocked multiplier 'K' chip will be a dual-core part with four threads (2C/4T). An L3 cache of 4MB will help speed processing along. The TDP of the i3-7350K will be 91W, says one report, matching the 'K' models from both Kaby Lake i5 and i7 desktop ranges.

Crucial to the Intel Core i3-7350K's popularity will be its pricing. Yes, it looks set to be the most expensive new Core i3 but it's still a significant chunk cheaper than a multiplier locked 4C/4T Core i5 and allows enthusiasts to indulge in fully flexible OC shenanigans. The i3-7350K's price is expected to be below $180.

Another interesting budget-minded member of the new Kaby Lake range, if far-east sourced leaks last month were correct, will be the first Pentium to feature Hyperthreading. The Intel Pentium G4620 reputedly features a 3.7GHz clock speed and 2C/4T.

Are these lower-end unlocked and hyperthreading enhanced parts Intel's foot soldiers to combat AMD Zen in the popular sub-$200 and sub-$100 markets next year?



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After VAT is added,it comes to £171 for the Core i3 7350K which is around 50% more expensive than the i3 7100.

OTH,the Core i5 7400 for around £190 looks comparatively better IMHO OFC.

The Pentium G4260 looks a better prospect - at under £100. If the pound were not so weak,it would be an £80 CPU.
CAT-THE-FIFTH
OTH,the Core i5 7400 for around £190 looks comparatively better IMHO OFC.

Agreed. This is like a Corsa ‘sports’. Designed to appeal to someone who like the idea of fast rather than actually being fast. I'd take 4 slightly slower cores over 2 cores (with hyperthreading) any day. Its even more apparent the i5 is better idea once you factor in a decent CPU Heatsink and fan to let you overclock it in a meaningful way…
cheesemp
Agreed. This is like a Corsa ‘sports’. Designed to appeal to someone who like the idea of fast rather than actually being fast. I'd take 4 slightly slower cores over 2 cores (with hyperthreading) any day. Its even more apparent the i5 is better idea once you factor in a decent CPU Heatsink and fan to let you overclock it in a meaningful way…

The G4260 looks good too. If it were not for the weak pound,that would have equated to around £80.

It basically looks like a rebadged Core i3 6100 with an RRP down from $117 to $98.

Interestingly enough it appears the Core i3 chips might have boost clocks,so if you enable all cores Turbo on the cheapest one it should give you a free overclock!
Despite the article saying the G3258 is “long in the tooth” (which it isn't in the sense that Intel's completely stagnated), I think I'd rather pick that up at the moment given it's half the price of this (and actually can be described as a budget overclocking chip).
A poster on AT forums noticed this:

https://browser.primatelabs.com/v4/cpu/1112633

The G4560 also has HT. So essentially a Core i3 for around £66??