Overclocker Pushes Intel Skylake i7-6700K to 7GHz on Windows XP using LN2 Cooling
Microsoft recently updated its support policy and announced that going forward, Windows 10 will be the only Windows platform that will support Intel’s latest Skylake chips, and AMD’s upcoming Bristol Ridge silicon. However, just weeks after this announcement, Redmond’s aged Windows XP has set a new overclocking record, seeing which it’s no wonder why this version is still running on some 10 percent of the world’s PCs, despite Microsoft had ended the support on April 8, 2014.
Earlier this week, Chi-Kui Lam, a Hong Kong-based overclocker, managed to push the Intel Core i7 6700K to a maximum speed of 7025.66 MHz on a Windows XP powered monster PC, using liquid nitrogen cooling.
More specifically, in order to achieve this feat, Lam used an ASRock Z170 motherboard (with standard stock cooling) and 4GB of G.Skill DDR4 RAM, as well as a 1,3000W Antec power supply and Windows XP Professional installed on a 256GB Plextor SSD.
By default, the Skylake i7 6700K runs at 4,000 MHz, and the standard air cooling that most people use only allows for a maximum of 4,800 MHz. A custom LN2-based cooling system is capable of lowering temperatures to no less than -321 degrees Fahrenheit, so it’s pretty much a requirement to hit such higher speeds.
The Core i7 6700K achieving such speeds is undoubtedly impressive, but what’s more surprising is that this is done on a 15-year-old operating system. However, according to Netmarketshare’s January numbers, the ancient OS has now been overtaken by Windows 10, which is consistent with its stable growth.
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