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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.

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