AMD said it has broken the world record for overclocking using one of its soon to be released "Bulldozer" CPUs.
Team AMD FX set the Guinness record "Highest Frequency of a Computer Processor" on August 31, 2011 by overclocking the upcoming AMD FX to 8.429GHz. The previous record was 8.308GHz. The speed run was made using liquid helium, which is even colder than liquid nitrogen.
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AMD just bulldozed its way into the Guinness Book of World Records by overclocking an 8-core FX-8150 Bulldozer processor to 8.429GHz, which officially qualifies as the "Highest Frequency of a Computer Processor." Team AMD FX, a group made up of overclocking gurus and top AMD technologists, are responsible for the record overclock that bested the previous record of 8.308GHz.
AMD decided to shake things up a bit with its last major driver release of the summer, Catalyst 11.8. The new driver package integrates the chip maker's CPU Overdrive utility into the AMD Vision Control Center, putting CPU and GPU overclocking controls at your fingertips from a central location (note that the software only supports CPU overclocking of Black Edition chips).
Futuremark's annual Lords of Overclocking competition drew more than 10,000 entries from over 80 countries, each one hoping they had the highest 3DMark 11 benchmark score. And 39 of them did, at one point or another, as that's how many times a high score was submitted to the MSI sponsored event during it's four-week run. Hit the jump to find out who won and the new score to beat.
Overclocking a CPU today is about as exciting and risky as driving to the grocery store to pick up milk. Back in the 1990s though, overclocking or "speed-margining" was a black art and strictly verboten. But just what if you wanted to OC your Pentium or 486 a bit? Fortunately, boot breaks it down for you.
Waiting for Intel to launch Sandy Bridge-E before overhauling your system? According to the latest online chatter, you'll have to hang tight until November as Intel works ferociously to tweak its Waimea Bay platform at least one more. It appears Intel is a bit concerned about AMD's FX processor refresh coming in early 2012, VR-Zone says, but at the same time will make cuts to its X79 chipset in order to get a shipping product out the door in 2011. More on this and Ivy Bridge overclocking woes after the break.
An overclocker from the Czech Republic somehow managed to get his mitts on an engineering sample of AMD's FX-8130P "Zambezi" processor built around the chip maker's Bulldozer architecture and did what any responsible enthusiast would do. He slapped the 8-core ES chip into his rig, pushed the pedal to the metal, and overclocked it as far it would go on air, which turned out to be 4635.6MHz.
MSI's always touting how overclockable its graphics cards are, making a big deal about Military Class components, all solid capacitors, custom cooling solutions, and other features. Turns out the graphics card wasn't just blowing a bunch of hot air. MSI's N580GTX Lightning was used to set the single-card, single-core world record for the highest GPU frequency, while the company's N560GTX-Ti was used to set the higher core frequency of any GTX 560 Ti card.
Like rules and windows on an abandoned house, records are meant to be broken, and that's exactly what the rebels from G.Skill did at the Computex trade show in Taiwan. With the aid of lots of LN2, renowned overclockers Shamino, Fredyama, and Young Pro shattered the Super Pi 32M record at the G.Skill booth with a score of 5 minutes and 33.172 seconds, the fastest ever on an Intel LGA 1155 platform. The overclockers used G.Skill's DDR3-2400MHz Pi memory, which still had some frequency headroom left over once the Super Pi record was set.
Everyone remembers that famous scene from Top Gun when Maverick, then Goose, says, "I feel the need...the need for speed!, but it's not too difficult to picture that same line being belted out from within Origin PC's labs. This boutique system vendor definitely has a need for speed, and to prove it, the company just announced the availability of overclocked processors in its EON17-S laptop line. Just any ol' overclock, either, but up to 4.5GHz with Turbo Boost.