X1800 XT hits 1GHz on liquid nitrogen cooling

By Justin Mann on October 26, 2005, 12:02 PM
Overclocking is a huge part of the enthusiast crowed. For the most part, hardware manufacturers frown upon overclocking. Well, maybe not frown, but they typically do not endorse it and often the terms of the warranty are voided when you modify the hardware even through soft-modding in such a fashion. Not ATI, though, or at least not when it comes to good press. A group of Finnish enthusiasts broke some records by using a custom brewed LN2 system to hit 1000MHz core on an ATI Radeon X1800 XT, perhaps the fastest a GPU has ever been clocked, at least in public view, and ATI put out a press release on it. Some may wonder why ATI choose to cover this, and so do I, but a Radeon hitting 1GHz, stable, temporarily or not, is amazing, and shows a lot of potential for the R5XX and above cores. There is a screenshot of the action but no benchmarks are available.

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Per Hansson said:
Not really impressive IMO, running a display adapter in 2D mode at 1GHZ does not really stress it...I can reach a really high GPU clock on my GFX card but as soon I start some 3D rendering the real world kicks in...Show me a 3DMark run at 1GHZ; that will impress me ;-)
Soul Harvester said:
True, though it does show headroom. I'm guessing with decent water cooling we could probably take an X1800 to 700MHz core without trouble. Someone buy me one and we'll find out.
DragonMaster said:
Plug the waterblock in series with the fridge instead of water. ;) (A dehumidifier could do the job too!)
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