There's reason to be excited about the upcoming launch of Intel's Core i7 2700K processor. News of this processor's existence and eventual release were leaked to the Web just a few weeks ago, and already engineering samples have fallen into adventurous hands. One person who got their mitts on one put the chip through its paces by overclocking it to 5GHz on air .
That's a nice bump over the chip's stock 3.5GHz clockspeed. Getting there required setting the BCLK to 100MHz and the multiplier to x50. The overclocked chip completed a successful SuperPi run through 1M and a CPUmark pass. It's not quite the same as Prime95 or Orthos, but it is an early indicator that the chip is stable well past its rated clockspeed.
In addition to running at 3.5GHz stock, the Core i7 2700K sports a 3.9GHz Turbo frquency, 8MB of L3 cache, Intel HD 3000 graphics (850MHz/1350MHz), dual-channel DDR3-1333 memory controller, and a 95W TDP.
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