Intel Core i3-8350K Coffee Lake Desktop CPU Review

  1. The odd little CPU called the Core i3-8350K....
  2. How its tested??
  3. Computing Benchmarks
  4. Conclusion
  5. Online Purchase Links

What is the Core i3-8350K??

The Intel Core i3-8350K is an oxymoron. This 8th generation Coffee Lake is an unlocked CPU priced low where one will bundle it with a B or an H series, two motherboard chipset with no overclocking option.  This 8th generation CPU has four physical cores. It doesn’t have turbo clock speeds and Hyper-Threading. But it has an increased L3 cache to 8MB but with 95-watt TDP, unlike 65-watt on the 8100 and the six-core i5-8400.

8th Gen Desktop CPU Comparison

Intel Coffee Lake SKUs

If you compare it with the Core i3-7350K, it is a big step-up. The Core i3-8350K has four cores while the previous Kaby-Lake i3-7350K is a dual-core with fix clock at 4.2 GHz with 4MB L3 Cache. Therefore its a useful Core-i3 chip. The other problem with Intel restricting overclocking only with the Z series. I’ve mentioned this with the price clashing between B and H series on the B360 AORUS motherboard review. Intel should have enabled overclocking on H370 series to keep up with AMD’s chipset offering and provide better value than its B360 chipset, therefore providing excellent upgrade options for base model mid-range systems. The stubbornness overshadows this unlocked Core i3 CPU with significant additions.

Specification

 

Processor NumberCore i3-8350K
Cores/Threads4/4
Base Clock4.0 GHz
Cache8MB
Bus Speed8 GT/s
TDP91W
Max memory support64 GB
Memory TypeDDR4
Maximum memory support2400 MHz
ECC SupportYes
On-Chip graphicsUHD 630
Graphics frequency350MHz to 1.15 GHz
Max video memory support64 GB
Resolution support4K @ 24Hz via HDMI 1.4
4K @ 60Hz via Display Port
Display Support:3

If you look at it, the Core-i3-8350K is a weird CPU because Intel being weirder as its overclocking feature philosophy. It forced its own CPU to compete with its own CPU- the Core i5-8400, a six-core/ six-thread locked CPU, but with turbo clock, Hyper-Threading with 9MB L3 cache and 65-watt TDP up to 2666 MHz DDR4 support for just $20 more on MSRP. I would have liked to see this as locked CPU, but with turbo clock and HT enabled. That would be more useful for many types of users, even for HTPCs as it has 4K support via UHD-630 on-chip graphics.

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