- Intel is reportedly planning to unveil an unlocked, overclock-able, i3 7350k SKU.
- It would provide a good entry point for consumers on a budget, who want overclocking capabilities in their systems.
- The move could potentially help in boosting Intel's ASPs and unit sales, reducing the appeal factor of upcoming AMD Zen line-up.
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What Is Overclocking And Why It Matters Here
Well, the CPU inside your desktop or laptop comes with a set of factory settings that direct it to run at a certain speed. These settings tend to add stability of your system. But in most cases, that is not the maximum speed at which your CPU can perform. You can increase the CPU speed manually by tinkering with BIOS settings, thereby directing it to operate at much higher clock speeds. This is called overclocking.
I may have oversimplified things a bit but that’s essentially how overclocking works. It allows a low-end budget chip to perform at par with higher-priced and higher-spec chips in terms of single core performance, for brief periods of time, given that additional cooling is provided to the CPU to prevent any physical damage.