Intel has posted on their official forums requesting that owners of the new Generation 7 Intel Core i7-7700K stop overclocking the CPU. The request comes after a number of reports came through suggesting the CPU’s were prone to temperature spikes.
The reports appear to have originated from users that had overclocked the CPU to 4.8GHz which is just over its default 4.2GHz.
In the post, Intel writes
We appreciate the feedback you have provided, and your patience as we investigated this behavior. The reported behavior of the 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700K Processor, showing momentary temperature changes from the idle temperature, is normal while completing a task (like opening a browser or an application or a program).
In our internal investigation, we did not observe temperature variation outside of the expected behavior and recommended specifications. For processor specifications, please refer to the Intel Core i7-7700K Processor Product Specifications.
Most motherboard manufacturers offer customizable fan speed control settings that may allow for smoother transition of fan revolutions per minute (rpm). Please consult your motherboard manufacturer’s manual or website for instructions on how to change default fan speed control settings.
We do not recommend running outside the processor specifications, such as by exceeding processor frequency or voltage specifications, or removing of the integrated heat spreader (sometimes called “de-lidding”). These actions will void the processor warranty.
The request to not overclock the CPU seems a bit of a strange one as it comes unlocked with the idea that people will overclock it. It even appears in big letters on the box.
The notice provided wasn’t met with overly friendly responses either. A number of PC owners were suggesting that they may be boycotting Intel in future and instead looking to AMD’s Ryzen series of processors which has been benchmarked higher than the Intel Core i7-7700K.
Although, if you have the i7-7700K, some liquid helium (which costs a mere 4,000€ for 100 liters) and the knowhow, you could get the processor up to a whopping 7.2GHz. See how German overclocker ‘der8auer’ did it in the video below.