CPU overclocking record broken using AMD's Bulldozer, again

AMD's new "Bulldozer" chip is apparently the processor of choice to break new overclocking records. Last month, AMD itself brought in a team earlier this year to overclock its then unreleased chip and got the FX-8150 processor up to 8.429 GHz. It managed to get that feat recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. Now MaximumPC.com reports that someone else has already broken that record using that same exact chip.

Overclocker Andre Yang managed to crack up the speed of the processor, using what was likely a ton of liquid nitrogen, all the way up to 8.46151 GHz. The story points out that while the Bulldozer-based chip has a whopping eight processor cores, Yang disabled six of those cores to lower the chip's heat and thus allow for it to reach that ultra-high clock speed.

The idea of overclocking a PC's processor is now firmly into the mainstream. It used to be that chip makers like Intel and AMD discouraged the idea of increasing a processor's clock speed, saying it would void a PC user's warranty. Now PC makers actively sell gaming PCs with overclocked processors and cooling systems and users often raise the speed on their own in order to get the most value from their processor.

But the idea of increasing a chip's clock speed to pretty much insane levels is very much a mix of science with a little bit of art as overclockers try to find ways to use super-cool systems like liquid helium and nitrogen, along with other tricks of the trade, to bring a processor up to speeds that it was definitely not designed for.

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If you have to disable 6 of 8 cores, who the hell cares? There should be NO entry in Guinness for these kinds of OC's. Only OC's with all cores enabled should be considered.

Its crazy that we arent already at this point normally. I'm astounded at how slow its been moving lately. 4ghz processors and up should be the norm by now!!

It just dawned on my neither chip maker released a CPU that was faster than 3.93 GHz (stock) it's like they stopped there and said "Ok, MORE CORES!!!"

Xerino said,
It just dawned on my neither chip maker released a CPU that was faster than 3.93 GHz (stock) it's like they stopped there and said "Ok, MORE CORES!!!"

Well, the way AMDs Bulldozer is turning out they'll be forced to go to 4GHz and higher to compete with INtels newer gen i7's even though they're clocked lower. But that in turn will make Intel release a 4Ghz CPU as well.

Right now though, Intel has no need to clock higher than 3.8GHz etc, there isn't enough competition in the high end for them.

xpclient said,
Good now when will it set performance records, not overclocking records?

Yeah, i'm beginning to wonder if AMD didn't just make it highly overclockable after they found out crappy it was.

"Well a 2600k will still beat us hands down but technically we have the world record!1"

Xeon said,
AMD, I'm really happy for you, and I'ma let you finish, but Intel has the best processors.

1. no competition, so Intel improves their processors at a slower rate.
2. no competition, so Intel keeps prices high.

Free market means that the consumer must take initiative to understand economics and make his purchasing decisions with a little long-term view.

I would not recommend Bulldozer though, this is like beta stage. They need to tighten latencies and remove L3 cache. Leave it to companies looking for cheap bargains for their servers, for now. =/

spinning_quirK said,

1. no competition, so Intel improves their processors at a slower rate.
2. no competition, so Intel keeps prices high

You think that the i5 2500K for $200 is OVERPRICED? Are you kidding me?

Intel is one of the *only* companies that is ontop of the market and still pumps billions of dollars into R&D. They aren't going to stop, and they never will - Intel is THE dream company to work for in Silicon Valley right now.

Who the hell cares? What I want is ultra-fast login, app start, no lag between applications. I don't care how it's achieved, just DO it.

KingCrimson said,
Who the hell cares? What I want is ultra-fast login, app start, no lag between applications. I don't care how it's achieved, just DO it.

Most of that relies on SSD technology. What does that have to do with CPU?

Exactly

CPU stopped being a bottleneck long time ago!

Epic0range said,

Most of that relies on SSD technology. What does that have to do with CPU?

smooth3006 said,

Are you people that anal on here? My god its getting sickening.

I wrote John made a typo, that's it. I assume that everyone writing news here know this stuff. The article have all GHz written correctly. I'm just not sure if there is a space or not between the number and GHz.

But after reading the article about neowin hiring where they write "but we do have high standards in order for a post to be approved on the main page." I have doubts. LOL ok it's a joke.

Still not fixed btw...

At this point it is nothing more than a scam from hardware makers.. Every week a new CPU/GPU makes it to the market people rush out to get it build their new PC and you notice no difference. Now what in the world would anyone need to OC to 8.5GHz and why would people wast such time doing so.. Too each their own

Dusco25 said,
At this point it is nothing more than a scam from hardware makers.. Every week a new CPU/GPU makes it to the market people rush out to get it build their new PC and you notice no difference. Now what in the world would anyone need to OC to 8.5GHz and why would people wast such time doing so.. Too each their own

Have you uhh.... Looked at benchmarks in the past 10 years? There's a remarkable performance difference, enabling games, archiving, video encoding and decoding, to get better and better.

OuchOfDeath said,

Have you uhh.... Looked at benchmarks in the past 10 years? There's a remarkable performance difference, enabling games, archiving, video encoding and decoding, to get better and better.

I mean the chips coming out in the past 2-3 years.. Most are more than people need even gamers.. CPU wise.. In a few more years or a year from now then maybe yeah upgrade.. But if you even have a 4-core which is years old is more than enough for any game or app

Dusco25 said,

I mean the chips coming out in the past 2-3 years.. Most are more than people need even gamers.. CPU wise.. In a few more years or a year from now then maybe yeah upgrade.. But if you even have a 4-core which is years old is more than enough for any game or app


More than enough?? Even 10Ghz 16-core system with 24Gb RAM wouldn't be enough for Firefox.

Dusco25 said,
At this point it is nothing more than a scam from hardware makers.. Every week a new CPU/GPU makes it to the market people rush out to get it build their new PC and you notice no difference. Now what in the world would anyone need to OC to 8.5GHz and why would people wast such time doing so.. Too each their own

Why would people want to smash melons with their face or cover it in clothes pegs? It's just to beat a world record doesn't need to have any real world value

RealFduch said,

More than enough?? Even 10Ghz 16-core system with 24Gb RAM wouldn't be enough for Firefox.
It's funny 'cause it's true. I feel almost betrayed as a long-time Firefox user.

RealFduch said,

More than enough?? Even 10Ghz 16-core system with 24Gb RAM wouldn't be enough for Firefox.


Really? I have installed the latest firefox nightly on a 9 years old pc and runs smooth a lot much better than chrome, safari, IE

Yang disabled six of those cores to lower the chip's heat and thus allow for it to reach that ultra-high clock speed.

Doesn't fully count then. Well, at least Bulldozer, otherwise unimpressing, is good for clock world record setting, much like Celeron Ds.