Intel Processor for Gaming Core i5-7600K LGA 1151 Review
In the world of computers and software, there existed a time when the CPU played the most important role. It was responsible for everything going on inside the computer screen. However, now, at present, it is indeed the processor which is a necessity in order to run the Operating system. Nowadays, everyday tasks for instance gaming are not much affected by the CPU cores beyond 4 in number. This is what makes the Intel Core i5-7600k important.
The Intel Core i5-7600k is the latest and the most efficient member of the Kaby Lake processors which is meant to be run in the same motherboard and socket as Skylake. The major improvements in the current version include modifications in the 14nm process that allows Kaby Lake to clock around 3000 Mhz higher than Skylake i5-6600k, which is extremely useful as it enables 8% better performance in situations where the CPU has a limited role. Another addition is the enhanced video block that supports HEVC 4k encode/decode, but this feature can be implemented by coupling it with processor graphics, a little less significant from the gaming point of view.
A very common competition here is with the Intel Core i7-7700k. The Core i7-7700k is a more expensive option than Core i5-7600k. The core i5 shows a benefit of less than 5% in comparison to the faster and higher priced Core i7-7700k.
This latest i5 series member has factored out IPC that is instructions per clock making Kaby Lake an advanced version of the Skylake processors. An important advancement is that all Kaby Lake processors offer a frequency boost over their Skylake predecessors. Therefore in the Core i5, the base and turbo clocks receive a good uplift. This results in improved computer performance and better processing speeds.
Another important feature offered by this new age processor is a significantly high overclocking potential. The Skylake-based Core i5 6600K overclocks sufficiently enough to 4.5GHz, while the newly developed Kaby Lake chip offers rock-solid stability at 4.8GHz. It also has the possibility of hitting over 5.0GHz with the aid of air-cooling. The overclocking enables the processor to run at higher speeds than its base clock speed.
On a general outlook, the Intel Core i5-7600k showed a better performance than its previous versions i5-4690k by 5-15 percent, i5-4670 by 10-20 percent, from the i5-3570 by about 15-30 percent and about 20-40 percent from the ancient i5-2500k. All this shows a positive development phase from the 2nd and the 3rd generation of Intel.