OLD-SCHOOL BUDGET OVERCLOCKING COULD BE BACK
New K-series i3 comes unlocked
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.