Intel Core i5-7600K Processor Review

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.

Intel Core i5-7600K Processor Review

The Core i5-7600K looks no different from any other of its ancestors but it is one awesome release from Intel.

Intel Core i5-7600K Processor Review

Here’s the CPU-Z capture of the processor.

Intel Core i5-7600K Processor Review


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.

Intel Core i5-7600K Processor Review


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.

Processor Time Taken
Intel Core i5-7600K 175
Intel Core i5-7600K @ 5Ghz 150
Intel Core i5-6600K @ 4.2Ghz 178

Cinebench R15

Processor Cb Points
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.

Processor °C
Intel Core i5-7600K 56
Intel Core i5-7600K @ 5Ghz 95

Power Draw

Processor Watt (Peak, Wall draw)
Intel Core i5-7600K 79
Intel Core i5-7600K @ 5Ghz 132

The Verdict

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.

goldfries recommended

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