PCWorld CPU guru Gordon Mah Ung has the (nuanced) answer for you though. He explains everything you need to know about unlocked K-series processors: Yes, they’re the only Intel CPUs that can be overclocked, but by purchasing one of these premium parts, you’re also committing to buying an enthusiast-class Z-series motherboard, as only those parts can crank clocks beyond stock speeds. K-series chips also lack a cooler in the box.
For those reasons and others, Gordon thinks most people shouldn’t pay extra for an Intel K-series CPU. That’s the short answer. For a more detailed explanation, including a few very valid reasons why some people may want to consider a K-series chip, check out the video below.
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