Phenom II hits 6.5GHz

A recent article here on Neowin reported the AMD Phenom II hitting a speed of 5GHz. That milestone has now been left in the dust as a video has surfaced on YouTube which has shown an AMD Phenom II setting a new world record for 3DMark scores by overclocking to a whopping speed of 6.5GHz. A whopping score of 45,474 3DMarks.

The showing was performed by Pete Hardman and Sami Makinen from AMD.

The processor is the first quad core processor in history to break the 6.5GHz in a public showing. Due to intense heat that is generated by such speed, the processor was cooled by a combination of liquid helium and liquid nitrogen to a temperature of -232 degrees Celsius.

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Linus Torvalds switches to GNOME

Next Story

The Pope has created a YouTube account

51 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

If only there was a board of I7 under 400$CAD i would consider it, but my own max is 180$ for a board. So i consider the i7 not in the course. Unless you do a lot of x264 compression it offer no real performance gain in games..

hmmm these fancy clock speeds reminds me back in the day when p4 couldn't beat what AMD currently had out, yet we saw thousands of 5ghz+ prescotts and AMD kept babbling on how clock speed wasn't what mattered.

WHY do everybody have to scream intel is best,amd is best, whogivesacrap is best.

The Phenom II has hit 6.5ghz, which shows it's potential. This overclock surly is an experiment, and
an successful one.
This shows that the phenom II does not coldbug. From what I've heard, i7's coldbug when the temperature goes below -100C(i might be wrong).


And now for this; How the H3|| did this article turn in to a fanboys war?
This was an experiment, please keep you company vs. company comments to yourself.
I wish everyone just could follow what their parents thought them when they were young;
If have have nothing nice to say, then don't say it. or in this case, write it).

(to the mods; I had to work around the no-swearing system, couldn't find a word powerful enough to express my meanings)

Not a fanboy, merely pointing out that at the time, it was not the world record for 3dmark05. Clear and simple, it wasn't. It just so happened to be an Intel.

Here's the point of overclocking = to get the highest results.

Congrats, it didn't coldbug, congrats on reaching such a high frequency. But plain and simple the intel i7 chip has better performance without needing to go that cold, nor that high in frequency. Not a fanboy remark, just a statement of comparison.

This shows that the phenom II does not coldbug.

WELL THEN WRITE THE ARTICLE AROUND THAT!

AMD Phenom II setting a new world record for 3DMark scores

This is not a world record for 3dMark05
Click here for ORB results on 3dMark05 records

There is an i7 setup that set a higher 3dMark05 score (46644) on Jan. 4th, 8 days before this.
http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dm05=4682755

The processor is the first quad core processor in history to break the 6.5GHz in a public showing

This is the world-record. Highest 3dMark05 score for an AMD? Yes. Highest frequency for a quad-core OC in public? Yes.

But not a world record for 3dMark05.

Funny thing is the record holder was only at 5203mhz / (i7) lol, go intel!

They should learn, frequency isn't everything, the Intel i7 quad-core that holds the record was merely (5203mhz), about 80% of the frequency of the phenom, yet it has a higher score...

LOL, then the whole article is meaningless. Apart form the fact that AMD is actually on the board for the last 10+ tests. Good for AMD, I suppose, but Intel seems more impressive thanks to the lower frequency. But where's the beef, AMD??

I'm not really into the whole overclocking/3DMark scene but the drivers used for the Intel world record are not approved by Futuremark. Don't know if it matters if they are approved or not but it seems like that could invalidate the record.

I didn't say it was meaningless. But I'm for truth in reporting.

Congrats, it didn't coldbug, congrats on reaching such a high frequency. But plain and simple the intel i7 chip has better performance without needing to go that cold, nor that high in frequency. Plain and simple it shows that AMD is still behind their competition. Not a fanboy remark, just a statement of fact.

Nope frequency isn't everything. Yes, Intel has the advantage right now. However, AMD still holds the best performance/price ratio. I can take a Phenom II and take the 300 dollars I saved (compared to a comparable i7) and put that towards a Good crossfire setup. That would probably bring me better performance in terms with games with the same amount of money.


The biggest killer with the processor right now is that the AM2 socket only truly supports DDR2. Intel has full DDR3 support, and the Chips/mobo memory bandwidth is wide enough to prevent bottle necking. Explain how you're going to get the same performance on a DDR2 memory bandwidth as you would DDR3 without cranking the clock speed.

"AMD does not recommend pouring liquid nitrogen on your head or on your friends head"

haha. Didnt say anythign about family, enemies, or complete strangers.

That's...really awesome. For a Quad that's freakin amazing. And the Phenom II is priced in the 200$ range... Well, AMD looks like it will dominate my next build.

Intel has been the better choice since Core 2. Just like AMD was a better choice in the period since Pentium 4 up until Core 2. And before that, Intel was the better choice for a looong time.

It's just a natural thing. So Intel has the upper hand now. Congratulations, I say. But it's really nice to see AMD trying. And personally, I always thought they had great value (speed/price).

And LTD, I usually stay out of the discussions you take part in, because they're annoying (both sides), but come on man. What side would you take if Power PC's hadn't gone to the sh**ter and Apple still used them? Or if one day Apple decides to use AMD? It's sad how far you take this.

This is a major improvement for the Phenom line. I'm lucky if I can get to 2.8ghz with my current Phenom on air lol. I'm regretting buying the Phenom when I did instead of waiting a month for Phenom II.

You should read again the article and listen closely... it's 6500mhz for a quad core.

Read, comprehend and then write.

It may not have direct impact on our PC's today but eventually, with people like them pushing the technology to the limit - it may actually help and improve our PC's later.

Hey wait a minute, how are the other components working at those temperatures?! Because the video showed the motherboard covered with ice, how can it operate under such conditions?

The Ice is at -200, it's frozen without even vapour, it's only going to fry when it defrosts, and by the time that happens, the power would be off.

extreme oc

buh! after few weeks(or maybe less) the processor well die from the voltages ,pointless for anything other then for the sake of trying it out

That's the last thing to worry about. They were using a 500 litre tank of liquid helium which they said would only cool the processor for 90 minutes.

I'm reaching 21.604 3Dmark05 score with my CoreDuo E8500 and EVGA 9800GX2. I bet If i had the Core Duo Extreme and two 9800GX in quad, I could kick AMD's arse with air cooling only :D

Oh, and no OC here.

WAR-DOG said,
I'm reaching 21.604 3Dmark05 score with my CoreDuo E8500 and EVGA 9800GX2. I bet If i had the Core Duo Extreme and two 9800GX in quad, I could kick AMD's arse with air cooling only :D

Oh, and no OC here.

No you wouldnt.

-Krome said,
I wonder why they OC only the AMD processor. Why not try Intel too?

Because doing that to an AMD CPU is the only way it could beat an Intel one! If you did the same thing to a Core i7, god knows what would happen! :P

MightyJordan said,
Because doing that to an AMD CPU is the only way it could beat an Intel one! If you did the same thing to a Core i7, god knows what would happen! :P

your right but not long ago AMD was the speed king (from roughly 2000-01 all the way til about Mid 2006) ... so lets see if Intel can be the speed king for a good 5+ years

You might want to stick to Intel for a while...AMD are not even close to Intel in that CPU race. They were better than Intel maybe 3-4 years ago, but since Intel's Core2Duo.....they are LOST !