Intel’s i9 7980XE has been successfully overclocked to 6.1GHz on all 18 cores

Intel's i9 7980XE has been successfully overclocked to 6.1GHz on all 18 cores

Intel’s i9 7980XE has been successfully overclocked to 6.1GHz on all 18 cores

 
Whenever Intel released a new flagship CPU, most consumers wonder exactly how far the company’s premier product can be pushed. To say the least, the CPU is far outside of almost everyone’s price range, making the mindboggling performance results from professional overclockers all the more appealing, showing the pinnacle of PC performance on modern desktop platforms. 
 
der8auer, one of the world’s most famous professional overclockers, has managed to overclock an Intel i9 7980XE all the way to 6.1GHz with LN2 cooling, with the CPU alone consuming over 1000 Watts of power while benchmarking. 
 
To achieve this amazing feat the overclocker needed to use some unusual cooling methods while using Intel’s 18-core behemoth, finding it necessary to cover the CPU die and most of the CPU’s substrate with thermal paste to dissipate additional heat. Even under LN2 cooling, der8auer’s 7980XE achieved temperatures that were above 0 degrees Celsius under load, an extremely warm temperature given the normal characteristics of LN2. 

  

 

Using this CPU with a lighter 5.6GHz overclock der8auer achieved scores of 257 and 5635 in Cinebench R15 in its single threaded and multi-threaded tests respectively, easily surpassing any CPU that used traditional cooling methods. 

Later der8auer paired this extreme CPU (i9 7980XE @ 5.5GHz) with an LN2 cooled Nvidia Titan Xp GPU (@ 2455MHz on the core) and achieved scores of 45,705 points in 3D Mark 11, 35,782 points in 3DMARK Fire Strike, and 120,425 points in 3D Mark Vantage. These are exceptional results given the fact that only a single CPU and GPU were used. 

 

Intel's i9 7980XE has been successfully overclocked to 6.1GHz on all 18 cores

 

While not many consumers will even get close to overclocking with liquid nitrogen or even get their hands on a flagship CPU like this is is always interesting to see what happened when hardware enthusiasts push the limits of today’s technology. 

In the past 5GHz overclocks were world record setters and today they are reasonably common on overclockable Kaby Lake and Kaby Lake-X series CPUs, making us wonder how long it will be until 6GHz becomes common, or when CPU IPC enhancements allow these kinds of performance results be accessed by mainstream PC users. How long will it be until single-threaded Cinebench R15 scores of 250 become common?  

  

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