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Solid chip after overclocking, but runs hot.
Grant from Calgary writes:
- -Beast single core chip, especially with an overclock. I have mine running 4.9GHz at around 1.296Vdc without tuning it lower yet, and can run it stable at 5.0GHz around 1.35Vdc. Your results definitely may vary. -6 cores over the previous generation's 4.
- -Very poorly regulated thermals; spikes up to 5 ~ 15° C over your stable temps for a second, which may result in thermal throttling. This is due to a paste based TIM rather than solder being used as the interface between the CPU and metal plate (or IHS) on the chip. -More expensive than the initial launch of the 6700K & 7700K, both when it comes to the chip and motherboard selection.
- While this thing overclocks quite well and is on par with the 7700K with 2 additional cores, it runs pretty hot and is susceptible to temperature spikes. When running AIDA64 and ASUS' Realbench to test for stability, with an NH-D15 running with 2 fans at stock, NT-H1 compound, and loads of fans strapped to my case @ ~20° C ambient, my cores got to around 70 ~ 75° C stable, with spikes up to 80 ~ 85° C depending on the test. Given these are stress tests, normal operation won't be this hot...
Great performance, runs hot.
Tyler from Winnipeg writes:
- -Fastest single core performance available -Overclocks well -Crushes an i7 3930K / 5930K with ease
- These are not cool CPU's. People are listing low idle temps like it's a big deal. Even at stock clocks with a decent liquid cooler, expect 65 ~ 70° C under stress. Start throwing more voltage at it while overclocking past 4.6Ghz and even good liquid coolers will jump into the upper 70s ~ 80s. This is caused by Intel using poor TIM rather than soldering the heat spreader. Delliding solves the problem, but voids warranty...
- It's performance is stellar, but it loses a point for Intel cheaping out with TIM. Get a good cooler. If you want to OC into the 4.8 ~ 5.0Ghz area, get a VERY good cooler.
Fast and Hot
Chris from Edmonton writes:
- Blistering fast
- Runs HOT - thank Intel for their IHS design with sub-par TIM paste between die and shroud. My friend and I found that some must have worse application than others. At stock clock, I had two cores running 20° C consistently hotter than the rest, my chip would register 95° C when stressed tested, his would hit 80° C consistently across all cores, both running 280mm AIOs. Launch availability, but this doesn't seem to be as much of an issue now
- Well-worth upgrade from my existing 2600k when gaming on a GTX 1070. It is quite unfortunate that Intel turns some enthusiasts into voiding their warrantiy in order to control temperatures and achieve their overclocking goals.
i7-8700K Processor Heaven
Grant from Edmonton writes:
- Fast running 6 core processor at cool temperatures (25 C with fans on and 30 C with pump only) Use it mainly for photography that has handled the processing with ease.
- None except maybe availability at launch.
- Running this processor on a Gigabyte Z370XP SLI motherboard, Plextor NVMe, Kingston HyperX Memory and SSD drives all cooled by a Corsair H100i v2. Have not been more pleased with a systems and it performance.
Nathan from Blackfalds writes:
- Runs decent temps with Cooler Master Seidon with a push pull silencio fp 120 pwm fans stock clocked getting 24° C.
- Great CPU