Intel released their i7 7700K and then a bunch of users has been using it and noticed that the CPU was running really hot so, they went out to the forum, posted on the official Intel forum about what they experience and they said that their CPU was spiking to 90 degrees Celsius when on idle or just barely running anything that’s computational load like opening up a browser. And they would see 90 degree 95 degree temperature spikes.
Now just for comparison to put into perspective an i7 7600k under tremendous load is around 72 degrees Celsius. So, if a CPU is running at 90 degrees Celsius and that’s just light load that’s really really hot and that could spell doom for the CPU it it runs at that constant high temperature. That basically means shorter life of the CPU.
Intel investigate the issue and this was what they had to say:
We do not recommend running outside the processors specifications such as exceeding the processors frequency or Voltage specifications, or removing of the integrated heat spreader (sometimes called ‘de-liddling’). These actions will void the processor warranty.
Users should avoid De-Liddling portion that will void warranty. Intel doesn’t want people to do this but they are selling an unlock multiplier CPU and then they are telling their customers not to overclock it which is a horrible response from Intel to this issue.
If Intel doesn’t want to unlock their CPU they shouldn’t sell their CPU with the K at the end of it. This actually tells the customers that “this CPU can be overclocked”. They should know that their competitor AMD has Ryzen available and some of the owners of 7700K on the forum basically threatened to buy Ryzen instead.
Company as big as Intel need to stop being tone deaf and learn to address their customers concerns no matter how big or small they are. They should investigate and give their customers a better answer than “Don’t overclock”.