HOW-TOOVERCLOCK YOUR INTEL CORE I7-6820HK NOTEBOOK
by With Intel's 6th generation Skylake processors, overclocking is no longer the prerogative of unlocked desktop CPUs. The Intel Core i7-6820HK processor is the first overclockable mobile processor from Intel. For the adventurous, this means free performance with just a handful of tweaks using the right software utility. With a maximum Turbo frequency of 3.6GHz, the new chip can be overclocked to rival even the desktop Core i7-6700K processor. But seeing as overclocking headroom is heavily dependent on maintaining chilly temperatures, manufacturers have considerable freedom to potentially unlock more performance by implementing more powerful cooling mechanisms.
That brings us to the ASUS ROG GX700, one of the first laptops to include the new processor, and – wait for it – liquid-cooling capabilities. On top of that, the GX700 is equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 desktop graphics card, shrunk down to fit in a notebook.
As it turns out, overclocking on the GX700 is remarkably straightforward because plugging the notebook into its dock automatically boosts the CPU multiplier to 40, which allows it to ramp up to 4.0GHz – a huge boost over its base frequency of 2.7GHz.
Nevertheless, because not all notebooks that will eventually feature the new processor will come with their own overclocking docks or apps, we'll show you how to overclock the chip using Intel's Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU). The utility can be downloaded from Intel's website. However, do note that you probably won't be able to achieve as high an overclock on other notebooks without special features like the GX700's water-cooling.
Disclaimer: Just like overclocking desktop CPUs, overclocking your notebook CPU is performed at your own risk. If you're not comfortable with the utility or potentially frying your notebook and voiding your warranty, do NOT continue.