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Intel's Kaby Lake desktop lineup may include an overclockable Core i3 CPU

By Shawn Knight ยท 8 replies
Nov 14, 2016
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  1. In a move that harkens back to the early days of overclocking, Intel is reportedly preparing to launch a seventh-generation Core i3 “Kaby Lake” desktop processor as an unlocked K-Series variant.

    Wccftech is reporting that the Intel Core i3-7350K, a dual-core / four threaded processor with a base clock of 4.0GHz (boost up to 4.2GHz), 4MB of L3 cache and a TDP of 91 watts, will ship unlocked and thus, ready to be overclocked.

    What’s the big deal about an unlocked Core i3 chip, you ask?

    During the heyday of overclocking when there was a significant performance gap between different processor lines, it was possible to purchase a budget chip like Intel’s Celeron 300A or one of AMD’s Athlon Slot A processors and overclock them by a couple hundred megahertz or so.

    The first enthusiast processor I purchased, for example, was a 500MHz Slot A Athlon with a 600MHz core (AMD underclocked it to meet demand) that I overclocked to 800MHz using a Golden Fingers device (my actual processor pictured above). I then moved to a 700MHz Slot A chip with a 900MHz core that I pushed to 1GHz.

    That may not sound like much today but back then, a few hundred megahertz made a huge difference, separating budget CPUs from much more expensive Pentium-branded chips.

    AMD pulled out of the consumer CPU race years ago which allowed Intel to take its foot off the accelerator of innovation and minimize the performance gain that each new processor generation affords. Worse yet, Intel eventually fought back against overclockers by unlocking all but a handful of their most expensive processors, effectively putting the technique out of hand of budget builders.

    Intel is expected to unveil its Kaby Lake desktop lineup in the near future.

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  2. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,836   +1,961

    I think the overclockable Core i3 has been fabricated by 'Wccftech', I don't think it will exist. But I would love to be proven wrong ;)
  3. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 551   +171

    Definitely something I would like to see come true as well. I liked the Pentium anniversary edition's concept and happily just got one for $45 for a side project build. This could be a nice upgrade path from my sandy bridge i3 on my main rig.
    Reehahs, cliffordcooley and Steve like this.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,270

    Even if it does come to fruition it'll most likely be priced in the i5 league anyway. Intel are renowned party poopers.
  5. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 815   +826

    It figures that they bring a overclockable i3 just as games are starting to benefit from the i5's extra 2 cores.

    Why didnt they have this back in 2012 with sandy bridge? That would have been something.
    Reehahs likes this.
  6. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Guru Posts: 520   +281

    Intel needs a good competitor to strike them hard where it counts, at this point in time people will take anyone to step up and get rid of this monopoly.
  7. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,272   +241

    I guess AMD needs to be bought by QUALCOMM?
    Reehahs likes this.
  8. mrjgriffin

    mrjgriffin TS Addict Posts: 239   +106

    I like this kind of news. this will give me an option to lean more towards an i3 system over an amd system when I end up building my daughter her own little rig. of course when that time comes in a couple years we will have to see what intel and amd has lined up
  9. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    If they do, that would be the best thing since the G3258!!!

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