Posted by HardOCP News 9:49 AM (CDT)
Tuesday June 07, 2016
The crew at Overclockers Club have posted their Intel Core I7 6950X Extreme Edition overclocking review today. How well does this ten core, $1,700 beast OC? Well, according to this review, the overclocking is pretty good as long as you have a proper water cooling set-up to handle the heat.
The single biggest hurdle when running higher voltages and clock speeds is thermal management. A nice air cooler or even some of the nicer AIO kits are going to be fully overwhelmed with the thermal load displaced by the Core i7 6950X when overclocked and over volted. I had to resort to a full on water cooling setup to reach the observed 4.34GHz and 4.28GHz speeds I ran in my testing. Usually the hefty 240mm radiator I use for overclocking processors is sufficient to handle the typical load. Not so with this beast.