The overclocking community is wasting no time putting AMD's new 8-core "Vishera" FX-8350 processor to work chasing world records for CPU frequency. To wit, MSI yesterday sent out a press release bragging that it's 990FXA-GD80 motherboard was used by an overclocker to set a world record of 8.37GHz, and it's already been leapfrogged...twice ! The new record, at least for today, stands at 8.67GHz, giving Asus a bit of momentary bragging rights.
Like the two records before his, overclocker AndreYang blew the top off (figuratively) the FX-8350 with just two of the eight cores enabled. He used an Asus Crosshair V Formula Z motherboard, 2GB of G.Skill DDR3 memory, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 graphics card, and plenty of Liquid Nitrogen to keep things cool, especially with a dangerously high vCore of 2.064V.
AMD just recently launched its FX-8350 chip, which comes clocked at 4GHz Base and 4.2GHz Turbo. It has 1.2 billion transistors, 1MB of L2 cache (per core, so 8MB total), 8MB of L3 cache, and a rated TDP of 125 watts. Overclocking aside, it's a pretty nice chip for the money (check out our Vishera review , as well as that of our sister site, PC Gamer ), just don't expect these kinds of overclocking results without using exotic cooling methods.