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Chips with silver linings — Caseking and der8auer stock up on custom Core i7-8700K CPUs

Custom Core i7-8700K with der8auer and Caseking logos. (Source: Caseking.de)
Custom Core i7-8700K with der8auer and Caseking logos. (Source: Caseking.de)
Famed overclocked 'der8auer' and his employer, Caseking.de seem to have a lot of Intel's latest 'Coffee Lake-S' Core i7-8700K chips in stock at a time when most e-retailers are facing a drought of these new monsters. These chips have been de-lidded and binned, and for the top most variants, the stock heat spreader has been given a silver touch.
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With 6 cores and 12 threads of raw muscle under the hood, Intel's 'Coffee Lake-S' (CFL-S) Core i7-8700K chips are indeed a gamer's delight — provided you can find them. The CPU has been sold out at all major e-retailers in the US and it could take some time before stocks start to replenish. However, if you have the moolah to spare, Caseking.de have special Core i7-8700Ks in enough supply. 

Famed overclocker der8auer and his employer, Caseking, are selling de-lidded and binned Core i7-8700Ks, with some variants sporting an aftermarket integrated heat spreader (IHS) made of 99.9% silver. These chips are being sold in 3 variants —  

  • Advanced - de-lidded with stock IHS
  • Pro - de-lidded with polished stock IHS
  • Ultra - de-lidded with all silver IHS

Each of the chips are sold with information on voltage settings needed to reach the targeted overclock, with the highest voltage required being no more than 1.4V. Caseking is guaranteeing that these chips will hit clocks between 4.8 GHz to 5.2 GHz. der8auer's and Caseking's logos are etched on all variants.

Right now, the Advanced chips that reach 5.1 GHz are available for approximately US$544 (without VAT) with the least expensive option being the 4.8 GHz Advanced version, which is available for approximately US$413 (without VAT). The top most pick in the Ultra range clocks at 5.2 GHz and can you be yours for approximately US$816. 

Whether the aftermarket chips are worth it or not, we'll leave that up to you to decide but the stock chips are pretty good on their own with excellent single-core performance and a multi-core performance comparable to the Ryzens. Here's hoping that retailers get to replenish their stocks at the earliest. 

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - Managing Editor - 1358 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
Though a cell and molecular biologist by training, I have been drawn towards computers from a very young age ever since I got my first PC in 1998. My passion for technology grew quite exponentially with the times, and it has been an incredible experience from being a much solicited source for tech advice and troubleshooting among family and friends to joining Notebookcheck in 2017 as a professional tech journalist. Now, I am a Lead Editor at Notebookcheck covering news and reviews encompassing a wide gamut of the technology landscape for Indian and global audiences. When I am not hunting for the next big story or taking complex measurements for reviews, you can find me unwinding to a nice read, listening to some soulful music, or trying out a new game.
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2017-10- 9 (Update: 2017-10- 9)