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Intel Core i3-7350K Review

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Harlequin 9th January 2017, 14:35 Quote
Price has rocketed - you can get a Pentium G4620 for nearly £90 less than this i3 ; throw in a board (z270 are near £120 starting , only the cheaper B250 boards are £60 or so) then ram , and your budget PC is over £350 for just 3 things!
Hustler 9th January 2017, 14:39 Quote
This thread is going to fill up with comments from people whining about Brexit isn't it...
maverik-sg1 9th January 2017, 15:31 Quote
Far too much money for what it is, buy a 2nd hand mobo/cpu/ram package instead. When is Ryzen being released? February?
Anfield 9th January 2017, 15:43 Quote
Over a decade after the first consumer dual core cpus they still want £180 for it? No thanks.
David 9th January 2017, 16:00 Quote
A nice idea rendered absolutely pointless by the price.
badermans 9th January 2017, 16:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by David
A nice idea rendered absolutely pointless by the price.

Fully agree.

Shame as I was looking for a well priced unlocked cpu
RedFlames 9th January 2017, 17:45 Quote
The fact the Kaby Lake Pentiums [or some of them] now come with HT, makes the price tag of this, unlocked or not, even harder to swallow imo.

And if you need AVX support [which the Pentiums lack], chances are you need something more potent than an i3 anyway.
23RO_UK 9th January 2017, 17:56 Quote
There's no doubting it's ability as a CPU however with that price tag...

Nay chance!!

Roll on Zen, Intel need some competition once more to pan out the overall pricing of the CPU market - at present they are taking the piss.
Taua 9th January 2017, 20:38 Quote
If this had Iris Pro graphics, of the GT3e or even GT4 variety, it would be a very compelling one chip solution for a speedy, compact, lighter-weight desktop that could also game. As it is however it's utterly hilariously overpriced. it's a *14nm dual core* with meh integrated graphics for north of £180, it is ridiculous!!
VaLkyR-Assassin 9th January 2017, 22:40 Quote
This would have to be nearly half the price to be worth buying these days. I don't see the point of spending nearly £200 on a dual core CPU. Ridiculous.
TheMadDutchDude 10th January 2017, 04:16 Quote
It got a recommended award? Really?

Even at £120, it is overpriced. You could get a locked Skylake i5 for £145 before priced rocketed, even if that's due to Brexit.
Nealieboyee 10th January 2017, 06:06 Quote
What is the best current AMD CPU you could get for GBP180? Hmmm. An 8-core unlocked FX 8350 for 20 pounds less.
Vault-Tec 10th January 2017, 10:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by TheMadDutchDude
It got a recommended award? Really?

My thoughts exactly.
tonyd223 10th January 2017, 14:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by TheMadDutchDude
It got a recommended award? Really?

My thoughts exactly.

+1
Combatus 10th January 2017, 22:57 Quote
Did some extra testing today that I'll try to get up in a blog post soon. It will validate our conclusion :)
Combatus 10th January 2017, 23:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nealieboyee
What is the best current AMD CPU you could get for GBP180? Hmmm. An 8-core unlocked FX 8350 for 20 pounds less.

Yep, and even an Intel Core i3-4130 (3.4GHz) would match it for performance in many tests, never mind a 5GHz Kaby Lake. Plus it will draw twice the power and need a hefty cooler.
Anfield 11th January 2017, 00:10 Quote
Or just buy a used Xeon from 1 - 2 gens ago on fleabay for £100 and it will obliterate that AMD chip even in the most heavily multi threaded software.
(no idea why, but for some reason used Socket 2011 Xeons are laughably cheap atm).

But none of that solves the problem that Intel is charging quad core money for the 7350k, which is ridiculous, regardless of it being the best dual core cpu ever made.
Vault-Tec 11th January 2017, 00:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Combatus
Did some extra testing today that I'll try to get up in a blog post soon. It will validate our conclusion :)

TBH you could delid it and gold plate the IHS and it still would not be worth £183.

Seriously, I am much disappoints. Much disappoints..

If no one stands up and says "hey this is BS" then Intel just get another green light.

Not that I care too much because AMD will have something to say soon (thank god, 'the f*** next £500 for a quad core Intel?!?!) but yeah, £183 for an I3 is inexcusable. And an award for it is almost as bad.
littlepuppi 13th January 2017, 09:44 Quote
Has to be one of the most pointless, if not the most pointless CPU Intel have ever released.
littlepuppi 13th January 2017, 09:46 Quote
PS just seen the comments around the "recommended" status achieved

Come on Bit tech, how is this ever to be recommended?! Speccing a build for your worst enemy maybe?! Or a spot the deliberate mistake build competition?! , but as a genuine thought out sensible option? Jeeez... I think you need to take those intel hats off.....
Pookie 13th January 2017, 10:01 Quote
Bit-Tech in my view has always been pro Intel and Nvidia regardless, but that chip isn't pointless! Just stupidly overpriced.
littlepuppi 13th January 2017, 11:18 Quote
Exactly, and at that price it is utterly pointless.
bawjaws 13th January 2017, 11:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by Pookie
Bit-Tech in my view has always been pro Intel and Nvidia regardless, but that chip isn't pointless! Just stupidly overpriced.

I'm not sure that BT has always been pro-Intel or pro-nVidia, but I do agree that it's hard to justify a "recommended" award for this CPU. Another £60 gets you a 7600K, or you could save a fair bit by taking a non-overclocking i3 and a cheaper motherboard.

I also take issue with this line from the conclusion:
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The only exception here is building a balanced, budget-conscious system to start with, and maybe upgrading both your CPU and GPU further down the line, hopefully when prices are cheaper too.
Why would you spend £180 on this CPU just so you could drop in an i5K further down the line? The total cost would be horrendous and you'd be far better off just saving up the extra £60 and getting the i5 from the beginning. I mean, this isn't like buying the cheapest s775 C2D initially and then upgrading to a QX9770 later on :D
Stanley Tweedle 14th January 2017, 13:59 Quote
Will pretty much the rest of technology falls in price... Intel has a different price model. Their processsors become more expensive each year. So now an i3 is close to £200... Ryzen will be my first AMD CPU. i5 2500k will be my last Intel.
bawjaws 14th January 2017, 17:32 Quote
What if Ryzen is rubbish?
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