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Intel Core i3-7350K "Kaby Lake" CPU Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Intel CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Feb 15, 2017 6:20 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Intel

7350K Overclocking

 

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The 7350K has the same overclocking setup as the rest of the 7000K series CPUs. Intel has added the ability for VCore to adaptively scale with BCLK increases, but I will stick with multiplier-based overclocking since I think it's simpler and I want to use XMP and not have to manually set the memory multiplier as well.

 

The CPU also has an AVX offset feature, where you can down-clock the multiplier from the overclocked multiplier when the CPU encounters a program that uses AVX. I also didn't need to set that, but you might in case you want a higher overclock in games.

 

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Overclocking the 7350K was very quick and easy. All I did was set 50x for the CPU multiplier, set 1.375v for VCore with "Turbo" LLC, and set memory XMP to enable. I started at 48x CPU multiplier with 1.3v VCore and "Turbo" LLC, moved up the dials slowly, and found that 5GHz with 1.375v was pretty much the maximum overclock that could pass all tests.

 

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A quick benchmark to see if your CPU could be stable with a bit more voltage or better cooling is to use HandBrake and encode a very large video file; I use a 6GB 4K video. After you find out you can pass the HandBrake test, then you can move forward into Prime95 and other tougher stability tests.

 

I did notice a big difference compared to the 7700K; the 7350K can take more VCore (around 1.4v compared to 1.3-1.35v) and not overheat, and that is probably because it has half the CPU cores compared to its bigger brother.

 

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Maximum overclock I could achieve in Windows was about 5.1GHz, which is 100MHz lower than the 7700K I have.

 

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I wanted to see how good the IMC in the 7350K was. It turns out that running 4GHz is just as easy on the 7350K. The Corsair kit I used is a 32GB 4-DIMM 4000MHz CAS 19 kit.

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