Friday May 05, 2017

Intel Responds to Core i7-7700K Overheating Issue, Cluelessly Suggests We Stop Overclocking

As we reported on yesterday, some users are getting increasingly frustrated with their high temperature spikes on their Intel i7-7700K CPU's, while Intel has just shrugged at the matter stating that it is normal. Well, users are getting increasingly flabbergasted at the details of Intel's response: If you don't like the heat, don't overclock your CPU.

Personally I am torn on this one. On the one had it is clear that something is different with these chips than with other recent Intel chips. Hitting temperature spikes of 90آ°C at stock clocks and voltages is clearly not normal, and I would clearly be disappointed if I got a chip with this problem, and couldn't overclock it.

On the other hand, overclocking has always been a "your mileage may vary" type effort. CPU manufacturers have only ever guaranteed that they would work at stock clocks. So, while I might be disappointed, I'd probably just call it "losing the silicon lottery" and deal with it. Some are suggesting the fact that Intel sells a K variant means that they should stand behind overclocking, but I'm not quite sure I agree. A K variant means "we won't stop you from trying", not "we guarantee you will succeed".

Thanks to SpeedyVV for the heads up.

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