Since before the processor even launched, Intel Core i7 7700K was hit with a bit of controversy regarding the temperatures it hit while being overclocked. After a few months, Intel has now finally released a solution to the high temperature problem.
Unfortunately, the solution isn’t something many enthusiasts or pretty much any user of the Kaby Lake processor would be happy with. According to Intel, in order to keep the temperature of the processor within safe limits, users should not overclock it at all.
Considering that the Intel Core i7 7700K is a pretty high end processor with unlocked multipliers for this very specific purpose, to allow users to overclock it to higher speeds, the solution to not overclock at all makes no sense if the person has paid money for that specific feature.
Intel’s response was obviously met with backlash with many users threatening to complete boycott Intel now, especially since the new AMD Ryzen series is out and in most cases might offer better bang for buck.
Given the way Intel has been trying to push its Kaby Lake processor series with the added support of devices like Intel’s own Optane SSDs, this response of warning users to stay away from overclocking is disappointing and might hurt the company in the long run.
In Intel’s defense however, many of the users who reported issues also confessed to “delidding” their processor in order to apply cooling solutions directly to the CPU die which can be useful in order to reach maximum overclock capabilities such as the 7.2GHz achieved by German overclockers.
However, not only is delidding a very risky thing to do but according to the Intel spokesperson it can also void the warranty of the processor so users are highly discouraged from attempting it unless they are willing to live with the consequences.
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