New K-se­ries i3 comes un­locked

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RE­MEM­BER THE CELERON 300A? It was cheap, un­locked, and ca­pa­ble of be­ing ab­so­lutely thrashed. It meant you could buy cheap, play with the clock mul­ti­plier, and go hun­dreds of mega­hertz faster. And it was sta­ble, too. It was ba­si­cally the same sil­i­con as the more ex­pen­sive models, and just as ca­pa­ble. Then In­tel start­ing lock­ing its chips down, bar a few high-end spe­cial­i­ties. How­ever, it looks as though we could be in busi­ness again with the new Kaby Lake i3-7350K, mul­ti­plier un­locked out of the box. At stock it runs at 4.0GHz, with a 4.2GHz Turbo, and un­like the other new i3s, it also has Hy­per-Thread­ing en­abled.

Early re­ports are very en­thu­si­as­tic, with it out-gun­ning nearly all the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion of quad-core Core i5s and i7s. It means you can build a highly ca­pa­ble games ma­chine on a bud­get, and get to tweak the best out of it. Early pric­ing has it go­ing for $177. We pre­dict it’ll be rather pop­u­lar.

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