The response given last month was very discouraging, which suggests that Intel will not be making any changes to their thermal contact process or materials: Re: Thermal sensor issue i7-7700k? Ronald_Intel May 2, 2017 7:30 AM (in response to BC93Key) Hello Everyone, We appreciate the feedback you have provided, and your patience as we investigated this behavior. The reported behavior of the 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7700K Processor, showing momentary temperature changes from the idle temperature, is normal while completing a task (like opening a browser or an application or a program). In our internal investigation, we did not observe temperature variation outside of the expected behavior and recommended specifications. For processor specifications, please refer to the Intel® Core™ i7-7700K Processor Product Specifications. Most motherboard manufacturers offer customizable fan speed control settings that may allow for smoother transition of fan revolutions per minute (rpm). Please consult your motherboard manufacturer’s manual or website for instructions on how to change default fan speed control settings. We do not recommend running outside the processor specifications, such as by exceeding processor frequency or voltage specifications, or removing of the integrated heat spreader (sometimes called “de-lidding”). These actions will void the processor warranty. Kindest Regards, Ronald M. Is it really possible they will do nothing about this, and try to sell their 3rd architecture on 14nm with huge flaws in heat dissipation?