Overclocking the Intel Core i7 6800k Broadwell-E

While most of us were busy swooning at the new Extreme Edition flagship Broadwell-E, the deca-core i7 6950X, we would be forgiven for not paying quite as much attention to the other three SKUs that were launched on the same day. The most affordable of the HEDT famiy is the i7 6800K, a hexa-core slab of Broadwell-E that retails for a more reasonable price of around $500. Is it any good? How does it compare to previous generation alternatives, and how well does it overclock? The guys over at WCCFtech have all the answers we seek, overclocking and comparing the i7 6800K.

“We wanted to find the baseline so we set the XMP of the memory and ran through all of the tests, then we went for a mild overclock and settled on 4.2GHz at 1.22v as it was relatively easy to hit and didn’t give us much trouble. Going past 4.2GHz is when things started getting a bit funky for us, requiring more voltage than we wanted to put through it and generating a massive amount of heat that was quickly overwhelming the Silverstone TD02-lite 240mm AIO that we were using for these tests. But, we eventually settled on a 4.4GHz overclock at 1.4v.”

Reviewer Keith May goes on to test the i7 6800K at both stock, 4.2GHz and 4.4GHz, running benchmarks that include HWBOT x265 1080p, XTU, Cinebech R15, Firestrike Physics and Geekbench 3. His conclusions include details about power draw at different configurations and an overview of how the chip scales.

Catch the full article plus a companion video on WCCFTech.


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Taiwan sdougal says:

A decent first look at the cheapest BW-E model...

United States Strong Island says:

I did not have fun with mine on ln2. Couldnt break 5.2ghz hwbot prime on x99 champion with newest bios up to 1.7v, anything after 1.7v and system freezes. Couldn't beat my 5820k score. It was a very miserable first experience, bios still seems to have bugs.

United States steponz says:

Don't expect any of the broadwell e chips besides 10 core to beat the old ones on LN2.. they clock like crap...

United States Strong Island says:

steponz said: Don't expect any of the broadwell e chips besides 10 core to beat the old ones on LN2.. they clock like crap...


ya I should have known by lack of subs for it, but I thought I would give it a shot. I couldnt believe how bad, core and cache clocking was.

Australia zeropluszero says:

steponz said: Don't expect any of the broadwell e chips besides 10 core to beat the old ones on LN2.. they clock like crap...

There you have it. show's over guys.

Belgium Massman says:

It's Broadwell architecture ... there's a reason why no one (except for [MENTION=37157]FUGGER[/MENTION]) is benching those :D

HeartOfDarkness says:

They just don't overclock!

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