It appears like overclocking Intel’s Skylake-X and Kaby Lake CPUs goes to be greater than a bit irritating, as unsoldered chips and a fundamental thermal compound will bump the working temperatures up considerably.
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Overclocker der8auer posted a video yesterday of him delidding a six-core Skylake-X CPU and discussing a number of the points the X299 chips have.
It would appear Intel are nonetheless trying to economize within the manufacture of the brand new CPUs by opting to not solder the CPU to the CPU’s built-in warmth spreader (IHS). Instead, they’ve chosen to utilize a thermal interface materials (TIM), which has inferior thermal conductivity to a soldered chip.
This may cause warmth issues – particularly when overclocking. Given that is the primary time Intel gained’t be utilizing a soldered IHS for one among their high-end desktop platforms, blue crew followers are up in arms a few determination that appears to have been motivated by the fee and comfort of producing slightly than buyer satisfaction. Which is especially galling given the truth that 5 of the Skylake-X chips are retailing for between $999 and $1,999. Cheap chips they ain’t.
It ought to go with out saying that delidding would additionally void the guarantee on the chip, to not point out the unholy quantities of injury a botched try can do to the internals.
Asus confirmed to us the information of X299 chips’ lack of solder is certainly true. We spoke to one among their reps throughout their motherboard workshop at Computex yesterday in regards to the overclocking potential of a delidded Skylake-X CPU. They’ve been seeing a 30°C drop in temperatures by popping the highest on the chip and utilizing a liquid metallic thermal interface.
He went on to clarify Skylake-X shares the identical concern as Kaby Lake – temperatures rise at lightning pace when upping the voltage going into the processor, which means 1.3V of energy is roughly the utmost quantity of juice you’ll need to pump into it with out critical cooling. The Asus crew did handle to get four.3GHz out of the ten-core 7900X with 1.25V of energy although, so the chips will nonetheless be fairly succesful even at default voltages.
Has this information put you off the upcoming Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X chips?