Engadget’s Richard Lai Hits 7GHz at Subzero Overclocking Workshop, Loves It!

Richard Lai from Engadget was among several media guests at the G.SKILL booth during Computex 2017 where HWBOT held a series of Extreme Overclocking Workshops. Richard and his team were given a 30 minute overview of what extreme overclocking is all about using Intel’s current Z270 platform and a Core i7 7700K Kaby Lake processor.

He soojn came to enjoy coming to grips with the key concepts of extreme overclocking - LN2 pouring, blow torching the LN2 pot to raise temperatures and then configuring the CPU frequency within the OS - lot’s of fun stuff. After pushing beyond the 7GHz barrier, I think it’s fair to say that he really enjoyed it.

"Over the years, I've been fascinated by two kinds of events at Computex: esports and extreme-PC-overclocking competitions. I doubt I'd ever make it as a professional gamer (I'm more of a Counter Fight kind of guy than a Counter-Strike man these days), but I'd jump at any opportunity to pour liquid nitrogen onto a PC motherboard, because even if I screw something up, chances are I'd still look cool doing so. It just so happened that at this year's Computex, gaming-accessory maker G.SKILL invited me to its extreme-overclocking workshop behind its contest stage. As a total newbie with absolutely zero knowledge of overclocking, I quickly took up this offer."

"The one-on-one workshop was jointly set up by G.SKILL and overclocking-enthusiast group HWBOT. Rather than getting me to build from scratch, the instructors had already put together a rig that would let me dive right into the overclocking process. At first sight, I was slightly overwhelmed by the setup in front of me: I was staring at an ASUS ROG Maximus IX APEX motherboard, which carried two 8GB G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 RAM sticks, an Intel Core i7-7700K plus a chunky copper pot directly on top of the CPU to hold liquid nitrogen."

You can read a full write up of Richard’s experience at the G.SKILL booth here on Engadget, as well as a great video of him hitting 7GHz here on the Engadget YouTube channel.

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