Well this was unexpected. One processor line that has never had an unlocked variant, the Intel i3, may now get that extra special letter denoted only to i5’s and i7’s. Even the Pentium Anniversary Edition G3258 did not get that ‘K’ tag. Possibly in response to the apparently negligible IPC gains, Intel appears to be adding this third ‘K’ CPU to Kaby Lake, meaning next generation will bring the i7-7700K, the i5-7600K, and the i3-7350K. While the ’50’ bugs my OCD nature, the purportedly $177 processor will add much needed flexibility to the lower end of the market. (Please Intel, i7-7700K, i5-7500K and i3-7300K…).
The i3-7350K will be the usual dual core with Hyperthreading affair, clocking in at 4GHz with a 4.2GHz Turbo Boost. The SKU will be a 91W part, with 4MB of L3 cache. The 91W rating is interesting, as it is the same as the other two K SKUs in the generation. As with a lot of Intel’s products now, the i3-7350K will most likely come without a stock cooler in the box.
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