Intel Core i3-7350K CPU Review

General Performance and CPU Performance Results

We were rather constrained for time. We have included as many comparison processors as possible. In some cases, there wasn’t enough time to test every possible processor at our disposal, so we included the most pertinent for comparison.

General Performance Results

PCMark 8

“PCMark 8 is the latest version in our series of industry standard PC benchmarking tools. With PCMark 8 you can test the performance of all types of PC, from tablets to desktops. With five separate benchmark tests plus battery life testing, PCMark 8 helps you find the devices that offer the perfect combination of efficiency and performance. PCMark 8 is the complete PC benchmark for home and business.”

The Core i3-7650K surprised us right from the get go. The PCMark 8 Home Conventional and Creative tests prefer core speed over core count. This allowed it to outperform many much higher priced CPUs. The Core i3-7350K is only behind the Core i7-7700K in the Work Conventional tests.

Super PI Modded 1.5

“In August 1995, the calculation of pi up to 4,294,960,000 decimal digits was succeeded by using a supercomputer at the University of Tokyo. The program was written by D.Takahashi in collaboration with Dr.Y.Kanada at the computer center. This record should be the current world record. (Details are shown in the windows help.) This record-breaking program was ported to personal computer environment such as Windows NT and Windows 95. In order to calculate 33.55 million digits, it takes within 3 days with a Pentium 90 MHz, 40 MB main memory and 340 MB available storage.”

Intel clearly dominates Super Pi. The Core i3-7350K showed a similar result to PC Mark and for the same reason. The AMD processors don’t far well here.

CPU Performance Results

Fritz Chess

Fritz Chess is a benchmark in which a fictitious game of chess is played. As each move has to be calculated by the computer, it is an excellent test of CPU muscle.

Fritz Chess runs on a maximum of 4 cores and loves L3 cache. The Core i3-7350K drops towards the back of the pack due to its lack of cores and only 4 MB of L3 cache. The AMD FX 8350 is direct competition to the i3-7350K and easily outperforms it.


“CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on MAXON’s award-winning animation software CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Iron Man 3, Oblivion, Life of Pi or Prometheus and many more.

CINEBENCH is the perfect tool to compare CPU and graphics performance across various systems and platforms (Windows and OS X). And best of all: It’s completely free.”

The Core i3-7350K falls behind all but the 3 generation old Pentium G3258.


This form allows you to measure the performance of your computer. The benchmark shows a rating in MIPS (million instructions per second). The rating value is calculated from the measured speed, and it is normalized with results of Intel Core 2 CPU with multi-threading option switched off. So if you have modern CPU from Intel or AMD, rating values in single-thread mode must be close to real CPU frequency. There are two tests, compression with LZMA method and decompression with LZMA method. Once the total passes reaches 100, the score is taken.


The 7-Zip results almost perfectly mirror Cinebench.


“HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.”

The workload video file is a ~6.27 GB, 3840 x 1714, 73.4 Mbps, 24fps, H.264, .mov video file that is transcoded to a ~1480 MB, 1920×858, ~17.1 Mbps, 24fps, H.264, .mp4 video file. Transcoding is done using Intel Quick Sync.

Handbrake shows similar results like we saw with 7-Zip and Cinebench. The Core i3-7350K’s lack of cores causes it to fall to the back of the pack.

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