Intel Skylake i7-6700K Overclocked to a Record 6.5GHz on Liquid Nitrogen
The synthetic benchmarks of Intel’s all-new 14nm Skylake microarchitecture have started to surface online showing the modest performance boosts by new CPUs compared to the previous ones. In particular, the flagship i7-6700K “Skylake-S” processor, which is up to 29% faster than the predecessor i7-4790K “Devil’s Canyon” at its stock 4.0 GHz.
Not only that, the flagship CPU also recently managed to reach 5.2GHz on air cooling alone at 1.35v – which is, without any doubt, quite impressive.
However, the full potential of the chip is starting to be unveiled after a not very well-known overclocker PLG has managed to push the Core i7-6700K processor from default 4000MHz to a whopping 6531MHz, or 6.531 GHz, without deactivating cores or Intel’s Hyper-Threading technology.
PLG was able to achieve that frequency with a core voltage to 2.032V and using liquid nitrogen to cool the chip down.
According to Benchmark.pl, PLG opted for the MSI Gaming Z170 motherboard and a single DDR4 RAM module. Further, the module, during his experiments, was overclocked to a record clock-rate of 4287MHz.
So far, this very overclocking of the Core i7-6700K to a staggering 6.50GHz is the highest frequency achieved by a “Skylake” microprocessor. This is yet another proof of how powerful overclockers these new CPUs are.
It’s worth mentioning here that liquid nitrogen has yielded such huge clock boosts in the past as well. Some computer enthusiasts have achieved even 7.GHz speeds using Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge CPUs. But it rarely happens in real world scenarios, so you shouldn’t get your hopes up too high.
Still the way Skylake dissipates heat and how much cooler it runs, it’s quite fascinating.
The Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K with unlocked multiplier will go on sale early next month.
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