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Intel’s 18-core processor peaks above 6.1GHz with liquid nitrogen coolingIntel’s 18-core processor

Intel’s new monster Core i9 processors boasting 18-cores and 16-cores have just gone on sale, and Asus has set some blistering new records overclocking these CPUs with its ROG Rampage VI Apex motherboard.

Using the Core i9-7980XE 18-core processor (with a base clock of 2.6GHz, Turbo to 4.2GHz) cooled with liquid nitrogen to around -100°C, expert ROG overclocker ‘der8auer’ managed to push the chip to 6.104GHz across all 18 cores (at 1.55V).

All without the CPU being reduced to a melted pile of goop, although the system wasn’t stable enough to run benchmarks at this speed. Continue reading