So the much awaited Kaby Lake processors for desktop computers were unveiled and I got myself the Intel Core i5-7600K which is my favorite range when it comes to Intel processors.
The Core i5-7600K looks no different from any other of its ancestors but it is one awesome release from Intel.
Here’s the CPU-Z capture of the processor.
I got the Core i5-7600K to run at 4.5Ghz with ease, just a reboot and I was already in Windows with no hiccup. My Skylake and Haswell processors weren’t that accommodating when it comes to overclocking, even generous (or should I say dangerous) vcore pumps didn’t help them to reach 4.6Ghz.
5Ghz was attained easily with 1.3vcore but it wasn’t stable, 1.35vcore seem to do the trick.
In the benchmarks below, I clocked the Core i5-6600K to match the i5-7600K’s 4.2Ghz to see whether they perform similarly.
x264 – 10bit to 8bit Video Conversion
The source video is a 720p MKV file that is 90 seconds in duration. x264 settings at the slowest.
|Intel Core i5-7600K||175|
|Intel Core i5-7600K @ 5Ghz||150|
|Intel Core i5-6600K @ 4.2Ghz||178|
|Intel Core i5-7600K||697|
|Intel Core i5-7600K @ 5Ghz||700|
|Intel Core i5-6600K @ 4.2Ghz||825|
No stock cooler provided in the package so I benchmarked with Prolimatech Samuel 17 with UltraSleek Vortex 12 fan. Thermal paste is Kryonaut by Thermal Grizzly.
|Intel Core i5-7600K||56|
|Intel Core i5-7600K @ 5Ghz||95|
|Processor||Watt (Peak, Wall draw)|
|Intel Core i5-7600K||79|
|Intel Core i5-7600K @ 5Ghz||132|
The Intel Core i5-7600K is one superb processor, it retails at RM 1.1k range and it’s really sweet for overclocking. If you already have a Skylake model of the similar range or have no intention to overclock, this is not the model for you.