Intel’s X299 Based Core-X Series Breaks 8 World Records At HWBOT ‘Performance Matters’ Taipiei Event – Core i9 7900X Overclocked to 5.8 GHz on LN2

Usman Pirzada

Intel recently launched its Core-X series on the X299 platform which features a wide variety of processors (all the way up to 18 cores!) and it has already smashed 8 World Records and secured 23 Global First Places over at HWBOT. The overclocking competition was held at the "Performance Matters" event over at Taipei and saw veteran overclockers smash records using the newly released SkyLake-X and KabyLake-X processors.

Intel's brand new X299 platform smashes records at the HWBOT Performance Matters overclocking event - Core i7 7740X overclocked to 7.5 GHz on LN2

The summary of the 8 world records and 23 global firsts can be found over here. All of the attempts were conducted on the ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex X299 motherboard which appears to be the fan favorite. Although all of the attempts were conducted under LN2 cooling, It helps in showing the overclocking potential of the architecture. That said, it is important for potential buyers to keep in mind that the thermal performance under normal conditions might actually be worse then the last generation due to the use of a TIM instead of a soldered IHS.

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The brand new Core-X series includes both the Skylake-X architecture as well as the Kabylake-X architecture. All CPUs that have a core count of 6-18 cores are from the SKL-X family while as the quad cores are from the KBL-X family. Since AMD has already realeased its 8-core Ryzen processors and is planning on following up with ThreadRipper which will increase that number to 16, not only has Intel replied tit for tat, but also managed to one-up them with their Core i9-7980XE flagship which features 18 cores. This is not going to be a cheap platform of course, but those that can afford it will be pleased to find an almost limitless scaling factor to their CPU of choice under the X299 platform.


Core i7-7740X 'KabyLake-X' CPU Overlocked to 7.5 GHz on LN2

The latest Intel Core i7 processor takes the high-end-desktop platform to new performance heights. Elite overclockers from the ASUS Republic of Gamers in-house overclocking team used liquid helium to cool a Core i7 7740X to −269°C, allowing CPU cores to reach an incredible 7560 MHz. At this configuration the ROG team were able to break the World Record score for SuperPI 1M and PiFast.

Core i9-7900X 'SkyLake-X' CPU Overclocked to 5.6 GHz on LN2

Its not just the KabyLake variants that got the glory. Elmor managed to overclock the 10 Core i9-7900X to 5.6GHz on LN2 cooling and smashed the Wprime 32M  benchmark with a time to completion of just 1.527 seconds. This is pretty insane performance and is something that was only achievable by using the Xeon family of  processors. The complete list of world records broken and global first positions attained is down below:

Intel Core X Series Processor Family Specifications:

CPU Namei9-7980XEi9-7960Xi9-7940Xi9-7920Xi9-7900Xi7-7820Xi7-7800Xi7-7740Xi5-7640X
CPU Process14nm+14nm+14nm+14nm+14nm+14nm+14nm+14nm+14nm+
Base Clock2.6 GHz2.8 GHz3.1 GHz2.9 GHz3.3 GHz3.6 GHz3.5 GHz4.3 GHz4.0 GHz
(Turbo Boost 2.0)4.2 GHz4.2 GHz4.3 GHz4.3 GHz4.3 GHz4.3 GHz4.0 GHz4.5 GHz4.2 GHz
(Turbo Boost Max 3.0)4.4 GHz4.4 GHz4.4 GHz4.4 GHz4.5 GHz4.5 GHzN/AN/AN/A
L3 Cache24.75 MB22 MB19.25 MB16.5 MB13.75 MB11 MB8.25 MB6 MB6 MB
L2 Cache18 MB16 MB14 MB12 MB10 MB8 MB6 MB4 MB4 MB
Memory Quad DDR4Quad DDR4Quad DDR4Quad DDR4Quad DDR4Quad DDR4Quad DDR4Dual DDR4Dual DDR4
PCIe Lanes444444444428281616
Socket TypeLGA 2066LGA 2066LGA 2066LGA 2066LGA 2066LGA 2066LGA 2066LGA 2066LGA 2066
Price$1999 US$1699 US$1399 US$1189 US$999 US$599 US$389 US$349$242
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