Kaby Lake overclocking

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Kaby Lake is the successor to the Skylake processor architecture from Intel. The platform is due to launch early 2017. The Kaby Lake architecture is very similar to Skylake and is the 'O' in Intel's PAO (process, architecture, optimization) development process.

Prior to launch

On October 17, 2016, HKEPC allegedly leaked a CPU-Z validation screenshot of a Core i7 7700K processor overclocked to 6.7 GHz[1] on their Facebook page, although the screenshot does not clearly show the processor name or details.


No official information has been shared publicly about Kaby Lake overclocking.

Prior to launch, Kaby Lake is rumored to feature improved overclocking in part thanks to the BCLK-aware voltage/frequency curve and the AVX negative ratio offset[2]. The BCLK-aware V/F curve is an adaptive voltage mode that works with BCLK and its main goal is to achieve higher clock stability. The AVX negative ratio offset allows control over Intel Turbo Boost Technology to decrease the operating frequency when AVX instructions are detected. This technology has previously been implemented in Broadwell-E[3].


To overclock Kaby Lake you need an overclockable processor and motherboard.

  • Core i7 7700K processor
  • Core i5 7600K processor
  • Z170 chipset
  • Z270 chipset


  1. HKEPC, "初步測試", (facebook.com/hkepc, October 17 2016), [1]
  2. Fuad Abazovic, " Kaby Lake conjures up two overclocking tricks ", (fudzilla.com, July 6 2016), [2]
  3. Raja Gill, "How to get the best performance from Broadwell-E processors – The ASUS Thermal Control Tool", (edgeup.asus.com, May 31 2016), [3]