Remember the glorious Intel Pentium G3258 processor that offered unlocked multipliers which made a lot of entry-level overclockers happy? Well, it looks like its spiritual successor is returning in Intel’s upcoming Kaby Lake-based processor called the Core i3-7350K.
According to sources, Intel’s Core i3-7350K processor is made for consumers who are keen on overclocking, but are low on budget. If this rumour is to be believed, then it would be the first time ever that Intel made an entry-level Core i3 CPU with unlocked multipliers. Prior to this, Intel’s ‘overclockable’ CPUs were mostly reserved for its more powerful Core i5 and Core i7 lineup of “K” processors.
When it comes to specifications, it’s rumoured that the Intel Core i3-7350K processor will come with two CPU cores and four threads along with 4MB of L3 cache. In addition, the processor will also boast base and boost clock speeds of 4.0GHz and 4.2GHz respectively. Of course, the clock speeds may go higher thanks to the unlocked multipliers. TDP is rated at around 91W, which is similar to that of other CPUs in the Kaby Lake “K” lineup.
That said, it seems that Intel will only be releasing one “K” processor in its Kaby Lake Core i3 series of processors. Speaking of which, the Core i3-7350K is also rumoured to come with a price tag of around US$177 (about RM770) – we think this is a pretty reasonable price for a ‘special’ Core i3 processor.
Regardless, PC gamers, hardware enthusiasts, and overclocking fanatics on a budget should definitely keep an eye on the Core i3-7350K when it becomes available sometime next year.