Intel Core i5-7600K Review

Mid-range desktop processor released in 2017 with 4 cores and 4 threads. With base clock at 3.8GHz, max speed at 4.2GHz, and a 91W power rating. Core i5-7600K is based on the Kaby Lake-S 14nm family and part of the Core i5 series.
Price 34.4%
Speed 81%
Productivity 61%
Gaming 88%
Category Desktop
Target mid-range
Socket Compatibility LGA1151
Integrated Graphics Intel HD Graphics 630
Cooler Included No
Overclock Potential 12 %
Year 2017 Model
Price 242 USD
Number of Cores 4 Cores
Number of Threads 4 Threads
Core Frequency 3.8 GHz
Boost Frequency 4.2 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 4.7 GHz
Power Consumption 91 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 6 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 64 GB
Price-Value Score 34.4 %
Speed Score 81 %
Productivity Score 61 %
Gaming Score 88 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 30.7 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 15.3 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 7.7 %
Overall Score 39/100

The Core i5-7600K is one of Intel's mid-range Desktop processors. It was released in 2017 with 4 cores and 4 threads. With base clock at 3.8GHz, max speed at 4.2GHz, and a 91W power rating. The Core i5-7600K is based on the Kaby Lake-S 14nm family and is part of the Core i5 series.

Core i5-7600K is also the successor of Intel's last gen Core i5-6600K processor that was based on the Skylake-S and 14nm process and was released in 2015.

In our mind, the best processors are the ones that deliver outstanding performance at a reasonable price point. And, the Core i5-7600K absolutely nails this concept.

That something is the Core i5-7600K. Intel cranks the TDP dial up to 91W on this 4-core 4-thread chip, making it the high-performance counterpart to the 65W Core i5-7500, which is basically the same 14nm chip built with the Kaby Lake-S microarchitecture, but with a lower TDP rating. That chip came away from our first look at the Kaby Lake-S series with an Editor's Choice award, going toe-to-toe with AMD's Ryzen 5 1600X, so it's fair to say we have high hopes for the higher-performance model. Intel still hasn't sampled the chip to the press, so we bought one at retail to put it under the microscope.

But we've also found that, after simple push-button overclocking, the Core i5-7500 offers similar performance to the Core i5-7600K, even when it is also overclocked. But for $70 less. The Core i5-7600K is an impressive chip and offers a better mixture of performance than AMD's Ryzen 5 1600X, no doubt, but in this case, value seekers might opt for its less expensive sibling.

As the higher-priced version of the Core i5-7500, the Core i5-7600K has higher base and Boost frequencies of 3.8 and 4.2 GHz, respectively. That's an increase in base frequency and a bump to boost clocks, but the real advantage should lay in the higher Package Power Tracking (PPT) envelope, which is a measurement of the maximum amount of power delivered to the socket. The Core i5-7500's PPT tops out at 65W, while the motherboard can pump up to 142W to the Core i5-7600K at peak performance. That opens up much more aggressive boost behavior, on both single and multiple cores, that could widen the performance gap beyond what we see on the spec sheet.

The Intel Core i5-7600K was rolled out on Jan 2017 for $242, which puts it in the same general price range as the last-generation Core i5-6600K. This means that at least we're not seeing any considerable price jumps from generation to generation.

The Intel Core i5-7600K is another impressive release from Intel and its 7 Generation of Core i5 chips. With it, you’re getting 4-cores and 4-threads, with a boost clock of 4.2GHz. It may not be the strongest contender ever made on paper, but when you see and feel the actual performance gains it offers, you’re certainly getting a lot of bang for your $242 buck.

Intel has been having some trouble as of late which has made it even harder to compete with the incoming wave of Ryzen 5 processors. That has forced the chip maker to be a little more creative and make do with their current product lines. Today we have the Intel Core i5-7600K on hand, which in itself isn’t anything new. It’s basically a refreshed Core i5-6600K with a clock speed boost. We say basically because it’s not a straight refresh however, there’s another change.

So which should you buy? Let's get that out of the way. Before this comparison review we updated our Best CPU feature and we said you should go with the Ryzen 5 1600X as it comes with a better stock cooler, can be overclocked, and the AM4 platform offers a significantly better upgrade path.

If you're mostly playing games on your PC, you will be happy buying either processor. Both proved to be solid options and are evenly matched with a slight advantage to the AMD chip if you don't tune up the Ryzen 5 processor. The base performance we showed for the Core i5-7600K can be achieved with $90 memory, while the Ryzen 5 1600X will require $110 - $120 memory in order to enable the frame rates shown here. It’s not a big cost difference and right now with anything less than an RTX 2070 or Vega 64 you’ll more than likely become GPU limited.

Our look today at the Intel Core i5-7600K showed that it is a very capable processor. A 4-core processor sounds like it would be really under-powered these days, but we were pleasantly surprised with a snappy and very capable system. Having just 4 cores had this processor coming in at the back of the pack for heavily threaded workloads, but it performed better than some of its more expensive siblings in lightly threaded workloads where it shined thanks to its high base clocks.

If extended overclocking and boost frequencies are trivial matters to you, Intel also offers the Core i5-7500 at $202. It’s still outfitted with 4-cores and 4-threads, but clocks in at a slower 3.4GHz and maxes out at only 3.8GHz.

Now the biggest question is can Intel’s Core i5 processor play games? The answer is simply yes as it got a respectable gaming score of 88% in our benchmarks.

Fresh from a successful roll-out of mainstream Core i5 CPUs, Intel's attack on AMD now extends down into the mid-range with its Core i5-7600K processors, which the company is making available as of Jan 2017.

Which GPU to Pick for Intel Core i5-7600K

Below is a comparison of all graphics cards average FPS performance (using an average of 80+ games at ultra quality settings), combined with the Intel Core i5-7600K.

GPU Price Cost/Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $2,499 $19.1 130.7 FPS
121.8 FPS
79.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $1,299 $10.2 127.3 FPS
118.6 FPS
77.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $699 $6.1 115.5 FPS
106.5 FPS
69.3 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $2,999 $27.1 110.7 FPS
103.1 FPS
68.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $699 $6.4 109.2 FPS
99.7 FPS
64.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $759 $7.4 102.3 FPS
95.1 FPS
61.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $499 $4.9 101.7 FPS
91.8 FPS
59.6 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $1,199 $12 100.3 FPS
91.8 FPS
61 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $699 $7 100.3 FPS
91.1 FPS
58.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $399 $4.1 97.7 FPS
88.7 FPS
56.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $499 $5.2 96.4 FPS
85.7 FPS
56.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $400 $4.4 91.2 FPS
79.8 FPS
51.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $349 $3.9 89.6 FPS
81.3 FPS
51.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $499 $5.7 86.9 FPS
77.7 FPS
49.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $350 $4.1 85.9 FPS
73.4 FPS
46.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $279 $3.3 84.5 FPS
76 FPS
48.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $1,499 $18.4 81.5 FPS
71.8 FPS
48.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $499 $6.1 81.2 FPS
73.8 FPS
47 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $409 $5.1 80.5 FPS
72 FPS
45.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $999 $12.8 78.3 FPS
69.2 FPS
44.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $279 $3.6 76.6 FPS
68.5 FPS
43.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $399 $5.2 76.2 FPS
69 FPS
44 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $399 $5.4 74.2 FPS
65.7 FPS
41.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $229 $3.2 72.2 FPS
64.7 FPS
41.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $649 $9.5 68.1 FPS
60.6 FPS
38.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $220 $3.2 68 FPS
60.8 FPS
38.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $279 $4.3 64.5 FPS
56 FPS
35 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $649 $10.5 61.9 FPS
57.6 FPS
37.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $160 $2.7 59.2 FPS
52.8 FPS
33.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $199 $3.4 58.7 FPS
50.9 FPS
31.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $549 $9.4 58.4 FPS
51.4 FPS
33 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $229 $4 57.2 FPS
49.6 FPS
30.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $649 $11.5 56.3 FPS
51.5 FPS
33.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $999 $18.3 54.6 FPS
47.6 FPS
31.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $549 $10.3 53.2 FPS
48.5 FPS
31.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $254 $4.8 53.1 FPS
46.4 FPS
29.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $169 $3.2 52.6 FPS
45.7 FPS
28.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $429 $8.4 51.2 FPS
46.5 FPS
30 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $170 $3.4 50.4 FPS
44.1 FPS
28.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $329 $6.6 49.5 FPS
42.9 FPS
28.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $400 $8.3 48.1 FPS
43.3 FPS
28.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $329 $6.9 47.8 FPS
42.4 FPS
25.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $169 $3.6 47.2 FPS
41.9 FPS
26.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $149 $3.3 45.1 FPS
40 FPS
25.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $179 $4.3 42.1 FPS
37.6 FPS
23.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $229 $6.5 35.4 FPS
31.2 FPS
20.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $249 $7.8 31.8 FPS
28.1 FPS
17.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $199 $6.3 31.6 FPS
27.9 FPS
17.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $169 $5.4 31.1 FPS
27.6 FPS
17.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $279 $9.1 30.8 FPS
27.5 FPS
16.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $199 $6.5 30.4 FPS
26.7 FPS
16.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $169 $6.4 26.5 FPS
23.2 FPS
14.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $99 $4 24.5 FPS
21.3 FPS
13.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $159 $6.6 24 FPS
20.8 FPS
13.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $149 $6.3 23.6 FPS
19.6 FPS
12.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $149 $6.4 23.4 FPS
18.9 FPS
12.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $140 $6.5 21.6 FPS
18.8 FPS
11.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $149 $7.1 20.9 FPS
16.2 FPS
10.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $79 $4.6 17.1 FPS
15 FPS
9.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $79 $4.8 16.3 FPS
14.2 FPS
8.6 FPS

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SimplyAaron May 17, 2020

I need help deciding what cpu upgrade to do. (I5-7600k)

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/PCw7ZR current build

Ive been looking at a i5 9600k but I don't think that's enough of a bump or worth it. Also AMD is looking pretty good but it confuses me.

Also I can get a threadripper 1950x for 300cad on fb

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Hisupmalik May 08, 2020

Not worth upgrade atm. If you really need upgrade to Ryzen 9 3900x. If that's too pricy, anything you can afford won't give a serious performance improvement.

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Evilleader May 14, 2020

I used to have a 6600k and upgraded to a Ryzen 3600, the upgrade wasn't very massive in terms of FPS alone (minus some very well threaded games like BF, Siege)...but it honestly gives me so much liberty in multitasking while gaming and not noticing any performance loss at all. With my 6600k I couldn't for example stream and play at the same time or have a YouTube video in the background without having stutters or noticeable dip in FPS.

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DefyedHD May 14, 2020

i5-7600k overclock help needed

Hey guys, I've been trying to get my i5-7600k up to 5ghz and I'm unable to do so because everytime I go up to 4.8ghz from 4.7ghz I get a "page_fault_in_nonpaged_area" error. I tried to do some research for myself and found that it could be a ram error but after switching around my ram I've still gotten the same error. Any ideas?

Update: Just got a "no execute memory" error

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I have my i5 7600k overclocked to 4.6ghz. I use a stock hyper 212 Evo cooler. I noticed one core temp was reaching 80-85 degrees, so I remounted and repasted the cooler and now I'm reaching near 90 on core 1, and 2 and 3 are pushing 85. Should I move to liquid cooling or upgrade the fan on the hyper 212 Evo? Is there another solution? Budget isn't terribly concerning but I don't WANT to spend a ton of money.

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Intel Core i5 7600K performance. Inevitably the straight CPU performance of the Core i5 7600K is off the pace compared with the much more expensive, eight-threaded i7 7700K, but because of its ...
The Core i5-7600K is mostly a lateral move for the Core i5 series of processors, with a slight upward trend in performance—exactly the same approach Intel has taken since the Core i5-2500K.
The other processor that we have on hand is the Core i5-7600K which comes clocked at 3.8GHz but depending on load can boost as high as 4.2GHz. Of course, like the 7700K the 7600K is an unlocked ...
Buy the Intel Core i5 7600K from Amazon with free shipping.; We were sent an engineering sample Core i5 7600K for review, and we paired this with an Asus Maximus 9 Code Z270 board, and four sticks ...
Intel Core i5 7600K – Performance Analysis. The i5 7600K might not be a huge jump on the previous generation but it sure does provide some decent benefits. But before we go into the benefits, it is worth noting that the 7600K is mostly a lateral move over the 6 th generation processor. That is probably why the 7600K retails at the same price ...
The Core i5-7600K, launched today, is the other unlocked processor from Intel’s 7 th Generation line of Kaby Lake Processors. Kaby Lake is Intel’s third set of processors at 14nm, using the ...

Related Comments

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GoultySoul June 23, 2020
Will my motherboard support a new CPU?
Hi!

I want to buy an Intel I7 9700K CPU, but I don't have enough cash to buy a new MoBo. I have an Asus B250F Gaming MoBo with an I7 7600K, and I'm curious about, if I buy the CPU will the mobo can handle it? It has the 1151 socket so that isn't the problem. It has 16 GB DDR4 RAM, and an RTX 2070. I don't want to overheat it with the cpu.
My question is, will my mobo survive the cpu for a couple of months (4-5) untill i get a new mobo?

Thank You.
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popatim December 02, 2009
It will not work, Intel has changed what those 1151 pins do, re-ordered them basically.

You pretty much have the best CPU your board supports,
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ShamefulTilt June 19, 2020
How to update bios with no cpu?
A friend has offered to give me his i5 7600k but I would need a new motherboard for this cpu, been looking at a few cheap motherboards since I'm on a tight budget and the BioStar H110MDE seems like a good choice for everything that I need and very cheap.
This and almost all other mobos I've looked at seem to need a bios update to be able to actually use the 7th gen chips since i think they shipped for 6th gen?
I'm assuming it will be impossible to actually boot windows 10 without the bios update for the cpu so my question is if ill be able to fit the new mobo with the cpu or if ill actually need to update the bios before its possible to use the cpu and how i could go about this?
also cant use a cd since my dvd drive isnt working.

Thanks in advance.
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popatim December 02, 2009
Get the cheapest 6th gen celeron (G39xx) you can find or maybe you have a friend who will come over with a 6th gen. Any 6th gen should do. Plus there is a possibility that the 7th gen will work enough to update the bios. Most h110 boards received their update for 7th gen support in 2016 & 17 - so I suspect Biostar just patched a bug rather then added support.
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Chris David June 14, 2020
PSU Suggestions for a relatively powerful build.
Hi

I am about to get a 1650S for my main build, which runs on a CX650M. Which means my previous card, the 1060 will be used on my second build. The second build is just a series of components from my first build, getting pushed down as I get better components/upgrade.

The second PC will be :

Intel i5 7600K @3.80GHz (Will be OC'd)
Gigabyte Z270X- Ultra Gaming
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 1x16 3000MHz
Gigabyte NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB Mini (Will be OC'd)
2TB Barracuda 7200RPM
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO

Keeping all these components in mind, would you suggest a decent PSU that is cheap ? I don't want to completely cheap out on the PSU as it ends badly, but at the same time, i am on a tight budget control, so anything decent would be enough. No need for any fancy Modular supplies, just something practical, cheap and gets the work done without blowing up or frying other components.
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Rogue Leader December 22, 2014
You already know the answer to this one. the Corsair CX550M is an excellent budget 550w unit. More than enough power, won't kill anything.

Heck that could even probably run on a CX450M. No offense or anything but I'd hardly qualify that build as relatively powerful. But it is a decent midline gaming build.
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Mar Allen June 08, 2020
What are the best video card for AMD A8-7600K?
I know A8 is already old, but it is still working, and I don't want to replace it yet. Any suggestions for a good video card for my CPU? I also have a 16GB of RAM. Thank you!
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norcalsc February 09, 2018
1050ti or rx 570
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SteelBlood June 04, 2020
Random crashes on multiple games
Specs:
Intel i5-7600k 3.8GHz CPU
GeForce GTX 1050ti GPU
MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon (MS -7A63)
16 GB DDR4 RAM
Windows 10

Around a week ago, I started having some major issues. I was getting BSODs and my games were crashing. At this time, I was on windows 7.

I updated to Windows 10 in an effort to fix the issues. I was still having issues, so I did the reset install with the option to keep my files. I did a fresh install of my GPU driver next. I have done the /scannow command, scanned for virus (AVG Free), checked my CPU/GPU temperature, tried an older GPU driver, and while I dont crash nearly as much, I still crash often or rarely get a BSOD and it is driving me crazy.

Some of the BSOD errors I've gotten throughout this whole process:
KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_FAILURE
DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION
and one about nvlddmkm.sys failing.

I know most of these relate to the GPU drivers, at least from what google tells me.

If anyone can help, please save my sanity. I lost a fair bit of info in the reset installation (didn't have enough room for backup).
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Shektron May 31, 2017
Okay, besides GPU drivers, have you tried updating motherboard drivers? Here is the link for the same : https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/support/Z270-GAMING-PRO-CARBON#down-driver

Also try updating your BIOS, though this issue does seem driver or windows-related, still better to rule out all possibilities of software problems before moving to hardware problems.
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KeeRub June 01, 2020
Power shortage or overclocking damage ?
Hey,
so i have had my PC since mid 2018 and i have this problem where if i play a game i can only play for about 20min then my PC would start to make a really loud fan noise and i cant see anything on my screen but i can hear the game sound and i would have to hard restart it.
when i first got it i tried to overclock it but it started major problems so i reverted it. maybe my hardware is corrupted now because of the overclocking i really dont know if it's even related to that, or if it's a cooling issue or if my computer is not getting enough power.

SPECS:
CPU: intel core i5 7600k LGA 1151
GPU: Geforce GTX 1070
Motherboard: MSI z270 m3
RAM: Vengeance corsair 16gb DDR4
Power supply: Cool max 120mm 600watts
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haxbox October 16, 2013
That's totally normal, all CPU heatsinks are PWM, they automatically adjust fan speeds according to CPU average temperature. I suggest if you have a spare PSU, try it out.

Typically I suggest good quality PSU's because they avoid complications, try at least Bronze 80+ category. I personally suggest 80+ Gold if your budget allows it. But, in this case the PSU may not be the issue.

You can start by the basics, make sure the GPU and CPU heatsinks are free from layers of dust, a little dust is tolerable, but serious ventilation issues may be the cause of blackouts/shutdowns. I also suggest applying fresh thermal paste on your CPU heatsink. You would need a thermal compound like MX-4, Don't remove your cpu from the Socket, use isopropyl or any kind of alcohol and some cotton or papertowel and remove the old dried up thermal paste, apply just a drop of new one, re-install the heatsink back to the motherboard.

Secondly, reset bios to default. Turn off your pc, unplug the power cord, find a two-pin jumper which varies from board, ususally labeled as CLR_CMOS or CLRTC, short it out for a second with a metallic object/screwdriver.
Alternative method is;
Turn off your PC, unplug the power cord, eject the CR2023 battery, a shiny coin-shaped battery found int the motherboard, and short the pins with a screwdriver.

Update your BIOS to the latest version, make sure your GPU drivers are up-to-date.
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Arnut May 14, 2020
Can I use an H100X AIO Water cooler in the H510 Elite case
Hi, Im thinking of buying the H510 Elite case, but there's still one thing that I dont know for sure.
Does the H100X cooler fit in the front? And If it will get enough air to efficiently cool my i5 7600k...
(if these are dumb questions it's because im pretty new to custom pc builds sorry!)
Thanks!!
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jeremyj_83 August 23, 2017
That AIO will fit into the H510 Elite case, but you will have to remove the front fans. Personally I have never been a fan of a front mounted radiator, but it does work.
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Bruv :) May 14, 2020
What Intel CPU should I get with my motherboard? Or should I change to AMD?
Motherboard - Maximus VIII Gene (Flashed BIOS)
CPU - i3 6100 OC to 4.2ghz
GPU - RX 5600xt Sapphire Pulse
RAM - 4x4gb Ballistix OC to 2666mhz
CPU Cooler - ARCTIC Alpine 12
PSU - Corsair CX Series 550 Watt 80 Plus Bronze
Monitor - Acer 3440 x 1440 100Hz

My motherboard is a Maximus VIII Gene and the highest 1151 cpu it supports is the i7 7700k. Now as you can see I have a i3 6100 paired with a RX 5600 XT. The bottle neck is around 40% and I need a cpu upgrade soon. If you are wondering why the hell I have a Maximus VIII Gene paired with a i3 6100 in the first place is because I got the motherboard for free. I recently got the RX 5600XT because my old 1050ti was the bottleneck. Now my CPU is the bottleneck and need a upgrade. So the question is, I have a budget of around $200 and looking to buy a CPU used or new. Either the i5 7600k, i7-6700k, and the i7 7700k. The i5 7600k is around $200 - $230, the i7 6700k is around $260 - $300, and i7 7700k is around $330 - $400. Is the $100 - $200 difference worth it. Would it make a huge difference if I wont be able to overclock any of them that much because of my current cpu cooler, should I just change my motherboard completely maybe to AMD or wait for Zen 3 or what should I do because I'm kind of stuck. I'm not certain what path I should take, any suggestions are appreciated, thanks. (Budget is $200 but willing to pay up to $400 if the difference is worth it).
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siaan312 June 15, 2017
The i7 7700k is equal to the ryzen 3 3300X in performance.

I would suggest swapping to that chip, not because its faster, but because it, with a b550 board has a MUCH better upgrade path.
It will also cost the same.
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Vagician April 27, 2020
New ryzen build
So I upgraded my 7600k to 2600x and it's been good until I noticed I get bad frezzes where I can move my mouse but I can't click on anything.


Cpu: 2600x
Gpu:1070 ti
Ram 16gb 2400mhz
Running off a SSD
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Vagician April 30, 2016
I had to change my oc to 2666Mhz because the 3000mhz made my bios not detect my mouse or keyboard and it told me it couldn't boot. Anyways I fixed the freezing problem by putting the power setting on ultimate performance instead of the ryzen balanced settings.
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killerlukosker April 09, 2020
Black Ops 3, Crashing On startup
I've bought this game last year and i had so many problems trying to launch i havent touched it until now. As i cant get my refund anymore i at least want this game working.

TLDR: No troubleshoot has worked, Game dosent launch.

I have tried all troubleshooting methods and i still get the same problem where i start the game, it tells me "Game failed launching, would you like to boot into safe mode". After that the message either disappears on its own or it does nothing.

So far ive tried:
Putting the whole BO3 folder into antivirus exception list
Booting in Clean Boot
Verifying game (x14)
Reinstalling the game on 2 different hard drives(x4)

I havent booted the game a single time successfully. I do not have a config file within my BO3 folder. The furthest ive gotten is to see the first 2 seconds of the startup cutscene before it crashes.

I do not have any Razer applications, I do not use NZXT Cam. I have even tried it on 2 different systems. I had this game before i upgraded my PC and it still didnt work then.

My Current specs:
Ryzen 5 3600
2060 Super 8GB
16GB 3200mhz Ram
2 Monitors
Corsair Strafe Keyboard
Avira Antivirus Software

My Specs before the upgrade:
I5 7600k
1050ti 4GB
16GB 2400mhz Ram
2 monitors
Corsair Strafe
Avira Antivirus

And before you say anything, Yes i have researched on google and they are all from 2017 and none of them have helped me. Ive been through at least 30 threads and all of them are solved by Antivirus issues or Razor Incompatibilities.

I have currently uninstalled the game as i don't want to waste 100gb of HDD space on nothing. If anyone can help me play this game it would make this quarantine go by much faster. I own this game on Steam if that helps.
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killerlukosker April 09, 2020
After constant troubleshooting today i found out these issues.

After upgrading my PC and reinstalling windows, it seemed to fix the issues i had with my old system. However the main issue was my Actual Multiple Monitor Software that i had always running because i like the features it has. Disabling this software allowed me to actually boot the game. After some more testing i realised that it was not me owning 2 monitors but the software itself was the issue.

I can now play BO3 with both monitors active while the Actual Multiple Monitors software is disabled.

Still what bothers me though, was that i booted in clean boot mode and the software was disabled but still it gave me the same results. Maybe a normal boot with that software disabled is what did the trick, but that was the main issue all along.

Thank you to nobody who helped me, I hope others can find this useful.
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tyskeren April 08, 2020
CPU for SLI
Hello

I currently own an i5-7600k and a GTX 1080 ROG Strix

but in my boredom I’ve gone ahead and bought another GTX 1080 Strix for SLI use (Got a very good deal)
Now what I am interested in is, will my CPU bottleneck the SLI config (I assume it will) so more importantly, if I am to upgrade my CPU should I the aim for an i7 or is a newer i5, such as the i5-9600k enough? Or would it be better to go with a Ryzen 7 3700x instead of the i5?

Mainly gaming on a 32 inch 1440p display

Any input is appreciated
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Rogue Leader December 22, 2014
SLI has its downsides but games running slower isn't one of them. Lack of support and microstutter are the main issues. The expectation of double performance is the disappointment for most, since the additional card only adds like 50% better performance on average.

OP I wouldn't necessarily go out and buy a new motherboard and CPU for this (you really have no upgrade path with your current board except a 7700k which is not worth it), you will be disappointed. It should handle most games at higher resolution (1440p +) fine, the 7600k still has 4 pretty quick cores.
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BobMcSmith April 08, 2020
CPU maxing out in games at low settings
Hello!
I have posted other similar threads, but I believe I have finally isolated the problem. Whenever I go to play games such as MW Warzone or even Fortnite, my CPU runs at 100%, compared to my GPU which only runs at 10%-30%. I have all of the settings turned down to low, and can't seem to solve it. I have a couple theories that are probably wrong, but it can't hurt to ask. Is the MOBO chipset limiting the CPU? Is there some kind of update or compatibility I need? Or is it just that the CPU is simply not as good as the GPU?

i5-7600k
Asus H170 pro gaming
16gb DDR4 Mushkin Enhanced
MSI GTX 1060 6gb
500GB HP EX920

Thanks!
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sizzling October 18, 2006
There is nothing wrong. COD MW decimates quad core quad thread CPU’s. That game can use 12 threads. Quad thread CPU’s are struggling these days. Most game settings don’t impact cpu usage, what does impact cpu usage is the FPS. By lowering the game settings all you do is utilise the gpu less as your max FPS which is already capped by your cpu.
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FlareTech March 28, 2020
New MOBO for 7600k HELP!
Hello all! I've been wanting to upgrade my PC for quite some time now, but it'll have to wait and the first thing I wanted to do was SCALE DOWN. I currently have this huge case and wanted to get into the Fractal Design Core 1100 so I can keep my drive bays and my PSU, but would like a new small form factor motherboard that can allow me to still boost clock my CPU. I have tried searching but since its an older chipset I haven't been able to find anything. I do not mind using eBay and trusted sellers! I would really like the motherboard to be under $100, even under $80 if possible. I only have two sticks of RAM and I can just buy a WIFI card, so no biggie on anything like that but if it's included, the better. Please help! Thanks!