Intel is one of the trusted and oldest manufacturers of computer processors in the world. A processor is the core mechanism in any computer without which it is just a box of metal and nothing else. In today’s article, I am discussing Intel’s i7-7700K 7th generation processor, its clocking, and overclocking system. Also, it would be interesting to know the impact of overclocking Intel’s i7-7700K processor on its RAM and performance.
So, read the full article to enlighten your knowledge about overclocking of computer processors and its impact on other internal processes.
The term ‘Overclocking’ sounds too technical, right? But there is nothing like that. Overclocking is a technical term but it is pretty easy to understand. In simpler words, overclocking is bypassing the default settings of your computer’s internal processes. Overclocking is the idea of making custom changes to the RAM, processor, and motherboard of your PC.
By overclocking the processor, you can adjust the voltage, core, memory, and other crucial system settings to upgrade the performance and speed of your PC. If you want to speed up the PC components and your gameplay, overclocking is the key.
Usually, people who do processor-intensive tasks, prefer overclocking the processor for image rendering and transcoding. So, overclocking primarily aims to extract even more performance from the hardware devices of the system. However, please note that if you alter the clock frequency or voltage, it may void warranties, if any. It will also adversely affect the stability, security, and performance of the processor and other components. Continue reading to learn how to overclock.
To overclock is a bit complex but once you understand the core concept of overclocking, it will not be so difficult. Let me explain to you some of the essential fundamentals of overclocking.
CPU, which is known as the brain of a computer, is very powerful and the most important hardware of any PC. CPU is the central processing unit that undertakes and processes complex tasks in less than seconds. The speed of computation is affected by the clock speed. The rule is simple. The higher the clock speed, the faster your PC’s processor will work.
In the process of overclocking, the ultimate output is to increase the frequency of the CPU to get 2X or more faster performance. Under this process, the frequency of the CPU is increased beyond the stock specifications. Now let me tell you the determinants of CPU frequency. The three important factors are base clock speed, multipliers, and core voltage. The formula to calculate the core frequency is base clock speed X Multipliers = Core CPU frequency.
Now, to raise the CPU frequency, multipliers will be added in +1 intervals and 100 MHz of base clock speed at a time. After that, test the stability each time you add base clock speed and multiplier. Continue the process until you achieve the best combination of the two factors with the available hardware. Adjusting voltage and other performance settings is also important to achieve top-level performance speed.
Here I am telling you the hardware you must have.
- Adequate cooling solution to cool down the CPU. Because at higher voltage, more heat is generated by the CPU. Hence for safe operations cooling solution is needed.
- You should have a CPU that belongs to the K or X series of Intel’s processors. This is because K and X’s series do not have locked frequency multipliers.
- A motherboard that enables overclocking.
After making sure that you have the right CPU solution, unlocked multiplier, and a compatible motherboard, you may proceed to start overclocking.
- First and foremost, measure the current performance of the processor. This is important and to mark for any changes.
- To establish the baseline, there is benchmark software available with all the needed tools available.
- Run a stress test to check the. Maximum temperature by the CPU and the hottest core temperature.
- There are two ways to overclock your PC. One is using Intel’s XTU which has all the required and necessary tools to test. Alternatively, overclocking the CPU is also possible through the PC’s BIOS.
Intel’s 7th generation Kaby Lake processor is suitable for overclocking. And it has all the above-mentioned factors that are needed to overclock any processor easily. To explain this better, I undertake the test myself and share my experience here and trust me it is really worth it.
The stock clock speed which I have noted is 4.2GHz. This speed can be increased up to 4.5 GHz. This is an impressive feature as per the experts.
I used a liquid nitrogen cooling solution and placed the Kaby Lake chip i7 in the motherboard Z170. After ramping the speed to maximum, the chip was running steadily at the speed of 7GHz. This was a massive overclock because this result was achieved with only two cores running.
Still, there is a positive headroom available to unlock the speed. Besides Z170, you may also make use of other motherboards that are specially designed to support overclocking.
So, all in all, overclocking is the way to explore the highest-speed performance of your PC. Achieving 5 GHz is normal and easily available while 6 GHz is attainable without turning off the cores.
In general, overclocking is pushing the system performance to its peak. The maximum limit definitely differs from PC to PC in terms of voltage, temperature, and frequency. Always check the performance gain because it is the ultimate factor that decides whether you have done overclocking successfully or not. It improves the speed and RAM performance of the system.
Overclocking is an iterative process, which increases the performance speed of any PC. Intel’s 7th generation K and X series chips are meant for overclocking because they are unlocked. At the end of the process, you need to maintain the stability of the system.