The Core i5-7600K is mostly a lateral move for the Core i5 series of processors, with a slight upward trend in performance—exactly the same approach Intel has taken since the Core i5-2500K. There's also a new platform that increases the number of PCH chipset lanes to 24, but raw performance should scale directly in proportion to clock speed. Compared to the i5-6600K, clock speed on the i5-7600K is eight percent higher (give or take half a percent).
The Core i5-7600K, launched today, is the other unlocked processor from Intel’s 7th Generation line of Kaby Lake Processors. Kaby Lake is Intel’s third set of processors at 14nm, using the new 14+ process variant, which aims to give processors with a better frequency / voltage curve that translates into more performance, better efficiency, and the potential to push the silicon further and harder.
PERFORMANCE TO EXCITE
Architected for performance, this processor packs 4 high-performing cores with core base frequency of 3.8GHz and 6MB of cache memory. Kick up the performance even higher with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 to bump the max turbo frequency to an amazing 4.2GHz. Not enough? For the enthusiast, this processor is unlocked, you can tweak the performance to its fullest potential.
The new 7th Gen Intel Core desktop processors deliver:
- Intel Optane memory with intelligent software provides performance improvements as well as fast app response times for system acceleration and responsiveness.
- Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 on Intel Core i7 and i5 processors to give that extra burst of performance when you need it.
- Extends DDR4 RAM memory technology in the mainstream, allowing systems to have up to 64GB of memory and high transfer speeds at low power compared to DDR3 (DDR4 -2400 MT/s @ 1.2V vs DDR3 -1600 MT/s @ 1.5V).
- Enhanced full range base -clock settings that provide more control, more granularity for overclocking 4 your platform - when paired with the Intel Z270 chipset, that also allows you to tune key aspects of your system including cores, power and memory.
The i5-7600K targets high end gamers, it sits just behind the flagship i7-7700K in Intel’s Kaby Lake lineup. The 7600K will likely be the most popular gaming CPU of 2017 (some competition from AMD’s upcoming Zen/Ryzen CPUs, would be very welcome).
The good news is that, at least in markets where the i5-7600K is readily available, it effectively replaces the i5-6600K at the same price. And make no mistake, the i5-7600K is a better (ie, faster) processor than the i5-6600K—it's just not a revolution in CPU performance. If you upgraded to a Core i5/i7 desktop part from the Haswell / 4th Gen Core period or later, you can sit out this round, and if you're primarily worried about gaming performance, that advice applies even more.
- Intel Core i5 Processor 7600K
- 7th Generation Intel Core i5 Processors
- Intel Core i5-7600K Processor -6M Cache, up to 4.20 GHz
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