Intel suggests users stop Overclocking Core i7 7700K to avoid temp spikes

Intel’s high-end Core i7 7700K Kaby Lake CPUs are prone to randomly running near the 100C thermal limit. But, the chipmaker isn’t ready to give the issue so much a second look; all it has to say is to stop overclocking Core i7 7700K.

Core i7 7700K temperature spikes & Intel’s Response

For the past couple of months, users of Intel’s Core i7 7700K have been complaining about their processors revving up to extremely high temperatures. Reports suggest that temps spike up to 90C for no apparent reason, even on non-clocked builds.

The users note that the issue is even spread to systems with more advanced cooling setups with the chips running at fairly low voltages.

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Overclocking Core i7 7700K and temp spikes

The affected users have been asking Intel for a fix, ever since the issue was first detected. The company has finally responded to the complaints, but the answer falls short of being convincing.

Intel deems the temperature spikes on its flagship Kaby Lake chip as normal, just like when you’re loading up an application on your PC. It tells users to stop overclocking Core i7 7700K processors, which have unlocked multipliers for the very purpose.

Here’s the full response from an Intel spokesman offered in a community forums post (that is now deleted):

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.

Stop Overclocking Core i7 7700K Isn’t a Sufficient Response

As you might expect, Chipzilla’s response didn’t sit well with users. They say the response is more or less shrugging off the matter.

“Three months waiting for Intel to come out with a solution, and now this?! This is all you can say?! We know already what you’ve just said… You know what, never mind, this would be my last product from Intel,” reads the first response to Intel’s post.

The forum user RitchieDrama is another ticked off customer who decided to join team red thanks to Intel’s lack of interest towards properly addressing users’ concerns.

“I don’t even have the major issue like everyone else is having. However, after Intel’s response just now, they are not getting another penny out of me. I’m going to sell my Intel stuff and go to Ryzen,” the user wrote.

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To Intel’s credit, some users experiencing spike in temps admitted to de-lidding their processors. The technique involves removing the processor’s Integrated Heat Spreader (IHS) in order to achieve better cooling and faster performance on their hardware.

But the procedure is risky and can result in a dead chip. Intel prevents users from taking the lid off their processors which would void the warranty although it does offer an overclocking warranty as a separate purchase.

However, that isn’t the part that has users annoyed. It’s because Intel’s attributing the temperature spikes to normal computing peaks, and on top of that, telling them to run their unlocked CPUs at stock settings.

Are you experiencing the same temperature spikes on your Core i7 7700K? Do tell us in the comments below.

  • Chris

    People overclock their 7700Ks without proper cooling. Then they complain to Intel about the CPU temperatures because they overclocked without proper cooling. That makes Intel the bad guy?

    • Dylan Buckner

      You are a fucking moron the majority of people reporting this have stated their proper cooling… I myself included before delidding temps would spike ON STOCK CLOCKS AND VOLTAGE to 95c, after delidding I don’t pass 80 OVERCLOCKED

      • Chris

        I see you are 12 years old because you reply to anything you disagree with by starting out by insulting someone else. It must be wonderful being a special snowflake who can go around insulting everyone you disagree with. Did you learn that from your mommy?

        • d0x360

          Wake up to the real world Chris. Intel is telling EVERYONE to avoid overclocking this chip and for very good reason.

          People are delidding at stock clockspeeds with liquid cooling. There is an issue there, a big one.

          Also wake up to the fact that Intel doesn’t really care about the consumer pc cpu market anymore and haven’t for quite some time.

          They are moving on to other things…things that tech sites have been reporting on FOR MONTHS

          • cat1092

            d0x360, you mean that Intel is actually abandoning the market share that placed them in the #1 position to start with, all of the enthusiasts Worldwide? Yes your post makes sense, because although Intel had the capability long ago to produce a 5.0Ghz quad core CPU w/out having to overclock, they blew it a dozen or more years back by allowing the ‘big OEM’s’ to come up with a cooling solution on (then) 3.8Ghz chips. Then backed away when they seen that (mainly) HP & Dell couldn’t do it.

            WTF was on Intel’s minds here, the testing should had been performed in house, not be 3rd party partners who at the time & still do to some degree, use oddball proprietary connectors, heatsinks (Dell was still using 100% aluminum for both the i7-4770 & 4790 models in 2013-14), they shouldn’t had been trusted to do the job right from the beginning.

            Even some of Intel’s engineers stated that they would had handled things differently back then, if they knew it would be the direct result of the end of ‘Moore’s Law’, which NVIDIA has taken & ran with it. We’ll see 20GB GDDR5X GPU’s (or latest gen memory) when the time comes, and that time will come.

            Problem #1 will be that CPU’s are on a downward path, watered down by the inclusion of a GPU on the chip (what used to be a feature of the MB OEM), and finally by the notebook/other portables industry, to include smartphones.

            Now that we know the truth, where does hardware enthusiasts turn to, AMD over Intel? If what you’re saying is correct & I may had caught some glimpses of the future in gadgets (really, an Intel Compute Stick?). If Intel backs away from the enthusiast market, AMD will step up to the plate & snatch it away. This may be why they’re not giving away this release at lower pricing than Intel CPU’s, it’s actually Intel backing downwards in price, the i7-7700K was at least $50 more prior to the Ryzen release.

            So much for brand loyalty, at least NVIDIA is giving all it has to keep AMD down, looks like Intel is conceding, beginning with the somewhat unofficial announcement that Moor’e Law was no longer a priority, maybe another one of those things that reporters has been discussing for a few months to a couple of years.

            Last & not least, if Intel doesn’t want it’s customers overclocking on their CPU’s, then why bother with a ‘K’ version? There’s no point in it, according from the statement direct from Intel. If the top dogs didn’t approve of the statement, wouldn’t had been released, so we can assume it comes from the chief of Intel.

            AMD has finally became relevant again, their hard work, the losses in getting there will finally pay off. Because there’ll always be an enthusiast market, no matter who’s manufacturing the CPU’s. Let Intel wallow in their newly found gadget market, I hope that they’re forced into bankruptcy for their betrayal of a market who has poured billions upon billions of dollars into their ecosystem. Asking for a 5.0GHz CPU (w/out OC) wasn’t too much, they were that close & allowed a World of of throwaway gadgets (& fatal mistakes of the past) to redefine the corporation.

            No wonder why AMD’s stock roze by 300% with a single CPU line release, if Intel has pulled that feat off, must had been many years (or decades) ago.


          • d0x360

            First off much appreciated for being normal lol. Also excellent post.
            I don’t see Intel leaving the consumer market but it’s definitely no longer their focus. Which for them is a good thing, a diverse product line means more potential profits.

            They will probably keep Pace with AMD at least for a while. They have had a decade to do tons of r&d and just hold any of those potential innovation back because it had no real competition. The x299 platform is likely a small piece of that.

            The thing is I can see alot of gamers switching to AMD simply because of price. Put aside the changes they made which makes high priority multitasking more efficient and just think about being able to get gaming performance on the same level for less money.

            Also another advantage AMD has is their socket design. They are trying to stick with the same socket so you don’t need to buy a new motherboard​ for every single new generation.

            I have a 5820k right now and as I’ve said before it’s a great cpu. It runs stable at 4.8 GHz and it’s never been a bottleneck in games for me. That being said id love to upgrade it to something new but that would require a new motherboard and I’m not looking into a completely new build right now. I figure I’ll wait for Ryzen “2” next year and possibly upgrade then. That would put me on a 3 year cycle this time around but I can reuse everything except the motherboard and CPU so it won’t be that bad especially when I know Ryzen handles the kind of tasks I do more efficient then combine that with the price…

            However it goes it’s certainly an interesting time. It reminds me of the time when AMD was without question the gamer choice. They had dual core 64 bit CPUs that crushed games and they were a good deal.

            At the very least we should see prices come down.

            And for any of you who wanna argue my current system is Intel and Nvidia powered so…there yah go. I buy whatever is best for my needs at the time and so should you (meaning everyone lol)

          • JC

            Ever noticed that when it comes to the IP utilized by both companies visible on the actual silicone (excluding memory cells :)) and its features, technologies and architecture the RnD advantage to intel is barely that which directly expresses in silicone and most with feeder, process and method . Though if a feature requires the development or implementation of a feeder technology to enable a silicon feature, then sure R&D widens that gap.

  • cat1092

    AMD fans, it’s time to rise to the occasion, Intel has shown they’re wimps, selling an unlocked card & now telling their customers NOT to do it!

    Maybe this is why AMD’s stock roze by a massive 300% just over a CPU line release, something that Intel hasn’t shown they were capable of since Sandy Bridge & therefore, no need to upgrade. This will increase the price of most all Kaby Lake & Skylake CPU’s, especially those new & not opened. Have already seen increases in the Devil’s Canyon CPU’s (both the i5 & i7 variant), glad that I purchased both before this news broke.

    Looks like it’s time for 1150 MB OEM’s to continue refinement & keep these on the market, the last thing an enthusiast needs is a CPU line with overheating issues, even when not overclocked. Note that some purchases for the slightly higher frequency base…..and to avoid VPro, a known open backdoor, no matter which brand of OS being ran.