Intel Core i5-7600K

Intel 7600K

The Intel Core i5-7600K is a fast quad-core processor for desktops based on the Kaby Lake architecture and was announced in January 2017. It is the top model of the consumer Kaby-Lake-H Core i5 series at the time of the announcement. The i5 does not support HyperThreading (4 threads only) and runs from 3.8 (base speed) up to 4.2 GHz. As a K-model, the i5-7600K offers an open multiplicator for overclocking.


Intel basically uses the same micro architecture compared to Skylake, so the per-MHz performance does not differ. The manufacturer only reworked the Speed Shift technology for faster dynamic adjustments of voltages and clocks, and the improved 14nm process allows much higher frequencies combined with better efficiency than before.


The performance of the i5-7600K is about 10 percent above the predecessor Core i5-6600K, thanks to clock speed increases and long hold Turbo Boost clocks. Matching clock speed, there is no speed improvement from Skylake. The old top model Core i7-4790K however is still slightly faster.

More information with gaming benchmarks and power measurements can be found in our AMD Ryzen 7 versus Intel CPUs review (upcoming).


The integrated Intel HD Graphics 630 has 24 Execution Units (similar to previous HD Graphics 530) running at 350 - 1150 MHz. The performance depends a lot on the memory configuration; it should be comparable to a dedicated Nvidia GeForce 920M in combination with fast DDR4-2133 dual-channel memory.

Contrary to Skylake, Kaby Lake now supports hardware decoding for H.265/HEVC Main 10 with a 10-bit color depth as well as Google's VP9 codec. The dual-core Kaby Lake processors, which were announced in January, should also support HDCP 2.2.

Power Consumption

The chip is manufactured in an improved 14nm process with FinFET transistors, which improves the efficiency slightly. Intel still specifies the TDP with 91 Watts, which is a lot more than the 45 Watts of the mobile Kaby-Lake-H CPUs.

SeriesIntel Core i5 (Desktop)
CodenameKaby Lake
Series: Core i5 (Desktop) Kaby Lake
» Intel Core i5-7600K3800 - 4200 MHz4 / 48 MB
Intel Core i5-7500 (compare)3400 - 3800 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-7500T (compare)2700 - 3300 MHz4 / 46 MB
Clock Rate3800 - 4200 MHz
Level 1 Cache256 KB
Level 2 Cache1 MB
Level 3 Cache8 MB
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 4
Max. Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)91 Watt
Manufacturing Technology14 nm
FeaturesDDR3(L)-1600/DDR4-2400 Memory Controller, AVX, AVX2, AES-NI, TSX-NI, Quick Sync, Virtualization, vPro
GPUIntel HD Graphics 630 (350 - 1150 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Starting Price$242 U.S.
Announcement Date01/03/2017
Product Link (external)Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 7600K


Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 660     avg: 674     median: 674 (15%)     max: 688 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 168     avg: 179.5     median: 179 (82%)     max: 191 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 7     avg: 7.9     median: 7 (16%)     max: 8 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1     avg: 2     median: 2 (100%)     max: 2 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 6730     avg: 6814     median: 6814 (70%)     max: 6898 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 23585     avg: 24179     median: 24179 (37%)     max: 24773 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 253     avg: 256.5     median: 256 (3%)     max: 259 seconds
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.6 GB/s (19%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
min: 2     avg: 3.3     median: 3 (15%)     max: 3 GB/s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
8.8 Seconds (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 19     avg: 20.1     median: 20 (1%)     max: 20 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 465     avg: 466.3     median: 466 (2%)     max: 467 Seconds
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 8839     avg: 9065.5     median: 9065 (28%)     max: 9292 Points
Power Consumption - Prime95 V28,10 Stress Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
124 Watt (27%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
98 Watt (17%)
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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