Final Thoughts and Conclusion
Intel has obviously put some serious work into optimizing their 14 nm process. Intel has replaced the “tick-tock” with a “process-architecture-optimization” model. This is actually better from a desktop perspective and something I’ve been promoting for some time now. Die shrinks seems to work out great for processors with lower clocks. However, the opposite has been mostly true for us desktop users. That is until now.
Kaby Lake isn’t a rehash of Devils Canyon. Kaby Lake is definitely a bit more than that for those who are looking for the ultimate in clock speeds. Overclocking wise, Skylake always reminded me of the glory days of Sandy Bridge. Kaby Lake is, in my opinion, even better than Sandy Bridge. That’s saying a lot.
Unlike Skylake and previous generations, there is now an unlocked Core i3. That is enough to spike my curiosity. Generally speaking, the Core i3-7350K is essentially half a Core i7-7700K. At a list price around $168, it’s also half the price. It’s just as much fun when it comes to overclocking though.
- Great Multi-threaded Performance
- Best In Class Single-threaded Performance
- Better Power Consumption Than Skylake
- Very Reasonable Price
- The Best Overclocking Potential Since Sandy Bridge