Intel Core i5-7600K review – overclocking champion

The long-awaited Kaby lake platform is here. Today Intel revealed its 7th gen Core CPUs and the new Z270 chipset. The most important news is the birth of an unlocked i3 processor, namely i3-7350K, that is clearly for overclocking.

I got an i5-7600K for review and I compared it with i5-6600K, of course. Let’s see together the new Kaby Lake test.

Intel-i5-7600K-set

Specs:

 

i5-6600K

i5-7600K

Codename

Skylake

Kaby Lake

Lithography

14nm

14nm

Socket

LGA1151

LGA1151

Base clock

3.5 Ghz

3.8 GHz

Boost 1 core

3.9 GHz

4.2 GHz

Boost all cores

3.6 GHz

4.0GHz

Cores / Threads

4 / 4

4 / 4

Cache

6MB

6MB

Memory

DDR4 / DDR3L

DDR4

Memory architecture

Dual-channel

Dual-channel

PCIE Lanes

16

16

Graphics

Intel HD 530

Intel HD 630

GPU Exec Units

24

24

GPU Clock

350MHz

350MHz

GPU Boost

1.15GHz

1.15GHz

DirectX support

12

12

TDP

91W

91W

Chipset

Z170 / Z270

Z170 / Z270

As you can see, the first difference is the higher clocks for the newcomer, while the second is the boost clock for all cores. That means better performance both in single core and in quad core, out of the box.

The CPU has a new IHS, featuring a new shape on upper and bottom sides.

Intel-i5-7600K

The back has also a slightly different face.

Intel-i5-7600K-back

The PCB has the same thickness as Skylake.

Intel-i5-7600K-side

 

 

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