Richland reaches new heights
It's kind of ironic that AMD once pooh-pooh'd the whole MHz/GHz craze back when Intel was kicking tail with its Netburst architecture, because these days, the Sunnyvale chip designer is making headlines based on clockspeed. If you recall, AMD was quick to point out that its FX-9590 Piledrive part qualified as the world's first commercially available 5GHz processor (Turbo speed). Now just a couple of weeks later, an overclocker just set a record with AMD's A10 6800K processor.
He goes by the name "Stilt" and he currently holds the top spot on HWBot for the fastest CPU frequency for an A10 6800K APU. Stilt managed to clock the chip at 8,203MHz (8.2GHz), which is also the 19th fastest frequency recorded of any chip.
According to his CPU-Z screenshot, he had to crank up the vCore to 1.976V. And of course he used exotic cooling -- liquid nitrogen -- to accomplish the record overclock. Other parts that contributed to the record overclock include a Radeon HD 7750 graphics card, Asus F2A85-V Pro motherboard, and 8GB of AMD RAM.