Intel Apathetically Suggests Core i7-7700K Users Stop Overclocking To Prevent Temp Spikes

Is it hot in here or is it just your Intel Core i7-7700K? Users have been complaining for months that their 7th Gen Kaby Lake Core i7 processors are experiencing alarming temperature spikes. Intel’s ever so helpful response? Stop overclocking.

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Intel’s Core i7-7700 and 7700K are both quad-core chips with Hyper-Threading (8 threads total). The 7700 clocks in at 3.6GHz while the 7700K boast 4.2GHz. These processors are aimed at gaming enthusiasts with high performance expectations, and cost between $310-$390 USD.

Recently, it has been reported that many customers have noted that the processors are kicking themselves into overdrive and are reaching temperatures of up to 90℃ (194°F). Intel claims that i7-7700 will run at temperatures up to 100°C (212°F). However, some customers claim that the temperature spikes are occurring even despite the use of liquid cooling set-ups.

After thirty-seven pages of complaints on Intel’s community forum, the company has finally responded that “The reported behavior of the 7th Generation Intel Kaby Lake 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.” 

Intel also warned users that overclocking and “de-lidding”, or the process of removing the integrated heat spreader, will void the processor warranty. Intel has also suggested that customers should adjust the processor's heatsink fan speed curve so that it gradually increases. This adaptation should at the very least prevent the fan from frighteningly spike up with an annoying whine.

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Some Intel Kaby Lake customers are generally upset by the company’s seemingly apathetic responses to their concerns. Several customers have also argued that it is unreasonable for Intel to offer a K-series CPU with an unlocked multiplier and not expect customers to overclock it. Some have vowed to switch over to AMD’s Ryzen processor, which though more expensive, appears to have few issues with overclocking and temperature spikes.