Overclocker boosts Intel Ivy Bridge chip to 7.03 GHz

It's always a cool thing to see someone try to boost the speed of a factory-made PC processor well beyond its design limits. Today, there's word that Intel's new Ivy Bridge family of processors can be boosted up to a much higher clock speed, provided you have the right set up and equipment to do the job.

The Hardware hacker known as "Hicookie" has announced that he was able to increase the clock speed of an Ivy Bridge-based Intel Core i7 3770K processor all the way up to 7.03 GHz. Normally, the clock speed for this chip is a mere 3.77 GHz. As reported by PC Gamer, this new record was achieved with a Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H motherboard and, naturally, a lot of liquid nitrogen.

The final result showed an increase in clock speed that's almost a full GHz faster than the previous overclocking record for Intel's previous Sandy Bridge processors. You can see how "Hicookie" achieved that new record in the video above.

While it's not likely that most PC users will be able to achieve the same results without tearing apart their rig and pouring in lots of liquid nitrogen, the fact that these processors can be pushed up to just over 7 GHz is still an impressive achievement.

Source: PC Gamer

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the fact that these processors can be pushed up to just over 7 GHz is still an impressive achievement

They can't. Nobody is going to rip apart their PC and cool it with liquid nitrogen. Thats like saying "Modder gets BMW 335I to go 800MPH by strapping a rocket engine to it. Average Joe is not going to go that fast, nor is the average joe going to get a Ivy bridge up to 7 Ghz.

streetw0lf said,
I got mine up to 4.65Ghz on water. Now where can I score some frozen Nitrogen?

air is like 75% nitrogen. just fill your freezer with air

The Laughing Man said,
Now turn aero back on and try this again.. I dare you.

Aero hell, I'd be worried of the CPU going into a nuclear meltdown just moving the mouse.

That aside.. pretty impressive. Not something I'd want to try with my own hardware though.. I don't think NewEgg and the like would accept a pile of slag as an RMA item.

Navan said,
If the processor is fully cooled, why would that be a problem to run something on the pc?

*sigh* Ok, I forgot to put /s on the end, you know, making a quip about putting the thing under a load and all that. Never mind.

Max Norris said,

*sigh* Ok, I forgot to put /s on the end, you know, making a quip about putting the thing under a load and all that. Never mind.

LOL, my bad. My sarcasm sense must be switched off.

Indeed. Dozer's 8 GHz stays a record on its own, but doesn't fully count just because of the disabled cores.

And 2 volts Vcore... holy... stuff!

Phouchg said,
Indeed. Dozer's 8 GHz stays a record on its own, but doesn't fully count just because of the disabled cores.

And 2 volts Vcore... holy... stuff!

It's the same with this one, not all cores just one physical core. And actually the same 8.8GHz dozer went up to 9GHz, look around you'll find the validation yourself

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

Mine is also rejected...on 3.6GHz, ksin also has a video up for the record so doesn't really matter at that point does it.

http://valid.canardpc.com/records.php

And that extra 300mhz aint that far from the current record. (Also held by AMD)

So perhaps he needs to tell Canard to accept his CPUz submission then... get down off your high horse my friend.

spikey_richie said,

So perhaps he needs to tell Canard to accept his CPUz submission then... get down off your high horse my friend.

Not on a horse of any kind, was just stating something, sorry, not here to cause a flamewar

Daniel_Pooh said,

AMD 8.8ghz does not equal Intel 8.8ghz its more like 5.5ghz comapred to intel cpus they are slower.

Are you f*cking stupid? GHz is an GHz, doesn't matter who's, Intel's or AMD's. But thanks for making me and my co-workers laugh from the heart.

All me and JAB tried to say is that when Intel goes 7GHz it's news for neowin but when AMD goes 9 it aint?