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Intel Core i7-9700K spotted overclocking past 5.5GHz across all eight cores

Intel Core i7-9700K

Intel Coffee Lake Refresh processors are still a ways off from their rumored October release, but apparently users are already overclocking engineering samples, according to this latest leak.

The Intel Core i7-9700K was purportedly spotted overclocking at 5.5537GHz across all eight cores by ZOL. The Intel Core i7-9700K is thus far rumored to be an 8-core and 8-thread part, which normally operates between 3.6GHz to 4.6GHz, and boosts up to 4.9GHz with single-core Turbo Boost 3 – so this supposed overclock frequency is well above the norm.

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While the processor was in this overclocked state, the unnamed users also benchmarked the chip with Cinebench R15 and the processor delivered a single-core result of 250cb and multi-core result of 1,827cb.

Comparatively, the Intel Core i7-8700K delivered 193cb and 1,408 scores in the same respective single- and multi-core tests. Meanwhile, the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X gave us a 177cb result in single-core and 1,798cb in multi-core.

From all of this, we can see the greatest improvement the 9700K will supposedly bring while overclocked is single-core performance. However, we’re a bit worried the multi-core performance at such a high frequency is just barely ahead of a Ryzen 7 2700X operating normally.

The post on ZOL also details the chip was tested on an ASRock Z370 Professional Gaming motherboard and G.Skill DDR4-2133 RAM – so this is far from an ideal testing situation. We’d likely get even better performance with faster memory and Intel’s rumored (and basically confirmed) Z390 platform.

Via HotHardware