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Intel 14nm has hit the ceiling
October 24, 2018
I'm torn with this processor. Moving up from the 6600k at 4.5Ghz that I ran for the past 2 years this processor obviously is much better than the first gen 14nm in productivity. However I can't say that I'm blown away by the gaming performance increase that I netted. Moving from an 8700k to this 9700k would make little to no sense at all.
I put off finishing a new PC since March of this year for the z390 platform and it's accompanying 9th series chips. I don't feel like I would have missed out on much by utilizing z370 and the 8700k however.
I have my 9700k overclocked at a stable 4.9Ghz across all cores with 1.250 volts on the vcore, but have not had luck being able to hit 5Ghz even at 1.4 volts. I'm not going to go higher for temperature reasons. Maybe it's my chip and the silicon lottery was not in my favor.
Temperatures are fairly good for the packaged power. With my H150i Pro 360mm AIO and Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut my CPU will idle around 30 C with a room temp of 23 C. My 6600k idled at 24 C with a Hyper 212 evo. After 30 minutes on Prime95 I max around 80 C and it will not rise after any further length of testing.
Aigo Atlantis case
i7 9700k @ 4.9Ghz
Z390 MSI Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard
1tb 970 EVO M.2 SSD
MSI RTX 2080 Ti
Corsair H150i Pro 360mm AIO
16gb Corsair Vengeance PRO RGB 3200mhz
Corsair RM750x power supply
7 ea - 120mm Aigo RGB fans with controller