AMD sets Guinness World Record with overclocked FX CPU

By Shawn Knight · 22 replies
Sep 13, 2011
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  1. AMD earned the Guinness World Record for the highest frequency of a microprocessor at a recent invite-only event in Austin, Texas. The team of elite overclockers and AMD staff was…

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +860

    Amazing that even with all that cooling, the CPU was still running at 230 degrees during the o/c.
  3. 1977TA

    1977TA TS Rookie Posts: 89

    That's pretty impressive! Would be sweet to see how that thing ran benchmarks.
  4. stan4

    stan4 TS Rookie Posts: 34

    LOL Tom, it was running at under -200
  5. SammyJames

    SammyJames TS Enthusiast Posts: 167

    Wow is right! As soon as I get my liquid nitrogen, I'll be able to run my new AMD FX Bulldozer octocore at 8 GHz -- for 30 seconds -- long enough to complete an entire bank of orchestral sounds, supplied by VSL and Omnisphere!


    (In case you have no idea of what I'm talking about, I routinely run into problems with latency. My computer is set up to run DAW software. What I'm trying to do is a lot like what gamers are trying to do on their desktops, except that the realtime stuff that I'm trying to achieve happens with audio instead of video.)

    Anyway, seriously -- I am impressed. AMD might have gotten my business, assuming that I can still get a 95w TDP processor -- even if it is running 8 cores, say, at 3.0 GHz or so.

    That would make me happy.

  6. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Only two cores for the record? I wonder what will be temps and actual potential of OC on these CPUs. I guess with all cores enabled the speed will be much lower?
  7. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    Not sure about that, but it'd definitely run a lot hotter.

    SKYSTAR TS Enthusiast Posts: 207

    oh man 8.429GHz that's unbelievable
  9. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,073   +428

  10. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    What is also interesting is that it is reported that they have reached 5.0 GHz on air.
  11. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,486   +45

    Yeah, but can it run Crysis.
  12. the real question is can it run metro 2033.
  13. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,486   +45

    These WR's were cool about 4-5 years ago. Not so exciting anymore. GG to amd though. At least they're making records somewhere.
  14. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    Good question. If the 8150P can do 4.5GHz stable (or better) at rational voltages I'll be tempted to go ahead and pull the trigger.
  15. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Its nearly as good as the record breaking delays we're all experiencing! :haha:
  16. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Thats why BD is late to market. AMD have been hand testing each one to find the golden chip.;)

    If you're like me, you probably figure a HWBot suicide run more than compensates for no retail availability.
    And on a marketing note...
    AMD claiming 5GHz with sub-$100 cooling might be backing themselves into a corner unless retail BD can more often than not attain that frequency with all cores active. gods! that CPU is pumping out more heat than most performance grade graphics cards.
  17. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    I wonder what the ability to pump that much through it means:haha:

    I don't know why everyone is getting jacked up about 5.0 Ghz for. As I understand the architecture, this is supposed to be ' netburst done correctly' I believe high frequency is just part of the chips design. 5+Ghz may be great, or it may mean nothing in comparison to a known performance (Intel)
  18. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Stop being coy there G. We all know that OC'ing the bejeezus out of a CPU features highly on many CPU it must be important,...right?

    Will be interesting to see how 1.performance scales with clock increase, and 2. what kind of variability there is in the CPU's. Review samples are bound to be hand picked, so the enthusiast forums are going to be invaluble in ascertaining actual potential ( clock and voltage).

    Here's a comparison: 1.92v on Gulftown @ 7195M. ( note six cores w/HT !)
  19. yorro

    yorro TS Booster Posts: 251

    Damn, thats Liquid Helium
  20. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    I am going to make a prediction about BD...and remember you heard it here first :p
    I bet that the scaling with clock increase is going to be very "plateau" like. I think all of these refined and very complicated branch predictors...etc... are going to need a minimum frequency at or above which they will work splendidly, and below will fall off very quickly. Kind of the CPU version of turbo lag. there...hows that for complete blind speculation??:)

    oh yeah, the NDA lid coming off BD is going to be something to behold :haha:

    I just decided that i am getting one a while back. I am intrigued by the architecture. I do think that it will hit it's stride in the second incarnation (and by incarnation I mean release not stepping)
  21. But the question is, will it run crysis?
  22. Ive been running my 2.66GHz i7 @ 4GHz for over a year on water cooling so oc systems can do more than break records :) When it dies (which it will) ill deff buy one of these, water cool that, oc the hell outa it and see how long it lives - awesome fun, gz AMD!
  23. These WR attempts are the only things that give me hope that technology is still advancing fast these days... I wanna see some sci-fi **** before I die!

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