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Intel Core i7-6700K ‘Skylake’ overclocked to 5.20GHz with air cooling

Intel Corp.’s upcoming Core i7-6700K “Skylake” processor will hit the market only in August, but samples of the chips have already been shipped to select Intel’s partners, who test them in their labs. According to a new report from a Chinese web-site, the new chips are pretty good overclockers: one of the engineering samples of the product has been overclocked to 5.20GHz.

HKEPC web-site has published a CPU-Z screenshot of Intel Core i7-6700 “Skylake” processor overclocked to 5.20GHz. Specialists from the web-site claim that to overclock the central processing unit they had to increase core voltage to 1.35V. The overclocking was conducted using an air cooling, but it is unclear whether the chip was stable enough to run benchmarks.

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If Intel Core i7-6700K “Skylake” processors can be overclocked to 5.20GHz on air and can work stably at such a high frequency, then many people who are using outdated and overclocked Core i7 “Sandy Bridge” microprocessors now will consider upgrading their CPUs. Keeping in mind that Intel Z170 chipsets have considerably better functionality that previous-generation core-logic sets, great overclockability of the Core i7-6700K will further increase popularity of the new platform.

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The Intel Core i7-6700K features four cores with Hyper-Threading technology, 4.0GHz/4.20GHz base/turbo default clock-rates, 8MB last level cache, an integrated graphics core and 95W thermal design power. The chips use LGA1151 form-factor.

Intel did not comment on the news-story.

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KitGuru Says: Looks like despite of the fact that Intel’s upcoming “Skylake” processors use rather mediocre internal thermal interface, the new Core i7-6700K is a decent overclocker.

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