Saturday, January 7, 2017

Intel's High-Performance Processor

Intel's Processor
The much-anticipated high-performance Kaby Lake processors from Intel are almost here, which means anyone with a PC built for gaming or other heavy lifting tasks will have to decide whether or not it's time for an upgrade.

The i7-7700k chip, which will likely succeed the 6700k as being the go-to for overclockers and enthusiasts, will definitely be in high demand, but just how much room is there for tweaking? Well, if you happen to have a bit of liquid nitrogen sitting around, the answer is a whole lot.

OCLab reports that noted overclock guru Allen "Splave" Golibersuch managed to snag one of the processors early and took the opportunity to really push the 7700k to its absolute limits. Not satisfied with the chip’s stock clock speed of 4.2GHz, he hooked it up to a cooling system that any PC builder would envy: liquid nitrogen.

With the super-cooled setup working to suck as much heat from the chip as possible, Splave managed to overclock the 7700k to a stable 7GHz. However, that impressive feat does come with a pretty significant drawback; overclocking to such an insane degree requires that all but two of the cores of the chip be shut down. Still, that’s a mighty fast processor.

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