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Overclocker pushes single-core Celeron 900 to 4GHz with liquid nitrogen

By Shawn Knight
Feb 13, 2014
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  1. A professional overclock from China that goes by the name of "Wytiwx" has managed to set a new record in HWBOT Prime. That'd be impressive enough on its own but it's even more astounding when you learn the task was...

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  2. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,209   +74

    I'm sort of impressed but this is not practical at all. I have to wonder and ask... what is this for??
  3. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,890   +354

    Thats disgusting. Why waste such effort and nitrogen on a celeron.
  4. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,181   +512

    This is impressive but in reality pointless because of many reasons:

    First of all, its a Celeron, a Dated one at that
    Second: Liquid Nitrogen cooling is inconvenient to begin with (But for heavy clocks and things like this it makes sense)
    Third: While I admire someone being that skilled to pull this off, besides a few numbers its in reality pointless.

    Im impressed he pushed the chip that far, but we have chips that go way beyond that on liquid Nitrogen. Sad enough this is such a dated chip that even though he got a new record on HWbot its just a number. Ill give him credit that its an impressive feat, but it would be like buy a car and mod it so it can hit 130+ miles per hour instead of just buying a car that already can hit those speeds.
  5. Sniped_Ash

    Sniped_Ash Newcomer, in training Posts: 123   +34

    This is pretty cool and y'all are haters.
    Chazz likes this.
  6. mosu

    mosu TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 299

    I still think it's cool and pointless at the same time, it's a record worth mentioning and I'm no hater....
  7. negroplasty

    negroplasty TechSpot Maniac Posts: 537   +12

    Wow that is one shiny turd, can't believe how shiny they made it!
    lipe123 and 9Nails like this.
  8. Where able to change bus speed?
  9. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 962   +98

    and why not? Sure it's pointless, but so is half the things we do in life.
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,591   +864

  11. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,822   +651

    You step out for coffee and as soon as your back is turned they take the enthusiast out of "tech enthusiast site"
    Easy to see that you've never restored a car in your life. Rodding is less about the practicality of transforming something than it is about the enjoyment of working on a project and realizing something largely through the product of your own labour.

    As for sub-zero overclocking, it might seem a waste of time/energy/resources for some, but to an outsider so does tag and release big game fishing, amateur motorsports, and any pastime that requires a financial commitment for little in the way of tangible reward outside of personal satisfaction.

    I'd also note, that starting with a dirt cheap CPU and a modest equipment budget and transforming it into a number one spot at HWBot is a pretty good way to get noticed, attract vendor sponsorship, and to parlay that into expenses paid global competition.
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2014
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  12. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,620   +82

    Prescott was a great P4 don't have this and the 900MHz No Release Chip anymore Today we have SoC and one CPU acting like 2, 4 or higher. I like the old way with you had dual CPU in there but. Costly to build so they just give you all-in-one.

    This is a project but doesn't do much here any good to LN in the house just to get 4GHz out of old 900MHz that Chip wasn't that stable either.
  13. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,822   +651

    You missed the entire reason for the article. The guy wasn't aiming for an absolute core frequency record, he was aiming for the HWBot Prime world record...which he achieved. The core frequency was merely a means to effect the record.
  14. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,890   +354

    Theres nothing wrong with hating unless its for an invalid or pointless reason.
    Personally, I was joking, to an extent.
    I was kidding, more or less. I agree with you.
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2014
  15. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,826   +1,436

    Meantime, I'm asking why use nitrogen for cooling at all. That is such an impractical application, that would only be used on a test bench.
  16. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,890   +354

    Maybe in time we will be able to fit supercompressors on PCs that will keep nitrogen a liquid...can you imagine.
  17. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,826   +1,436

    I'd see other application for that well before PC cooling.
  18. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,890   +354

    fair enough
  19. EClyde

    EClyde TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 151   +13

    Wow ! Cost effective ! Guess a guy needs something to do
  20. theBest11778

    theBest11778 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 151   +32

    It's actually very cost effective. Using a 4770K or a 2011 chip for extreme overclocking is a very expensive risk. The L2N probably set him back a bit, but the HW was probably cheap as dirt, and if he fried it... who cares. Sounds like most of the comments above are from 24/7 overclockers. This guy is going for records, he couldn't care less if the HW even worked after the benchmarks were complete. I tried getting in to HWBot overclocking, but it seems overly complicated to get started.
  21. Camikazi

    Camikazi TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 336   +56

    99% of the world records out there are not practical and useless yet people do it because they can and because they want too, this is the same thing. It's the same as those people who go for the longest distance on a marshmallow shot out of your nose, just to see if you can not cause it can save the world.
  22. Camikazi

    Camikazi TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 336   +56

    It's a 2.2GHz chip not 900Mhz.
  23. I'll go with punctuation for 800, Alex.
  24. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,490   +292

    Yeah, I think you got confused with a Celeron 900 (2.2Ghz) and a Celeron at 900Mhz which would have been somewhere around what... 2000?
  25. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,591   +864

    Yeah, I have one of the 900's in a laptop. It is indeed 2.2Ghz, (at least that's what it says on the label), but compared to my desktops, it feels like its running @900Mhz.....:oops:

    One of these days, I may attempt a new world record with it........(wait for it).....while I"m picking my nose, twirling a hula-hoop on my d***, standing on one foot, (en pointe), and running Super Pi.....*nerd*
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2014


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