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.