PC processor overclocking record broken yet again

Overclocker Andre Yang managed to crank up the speed of AMD's "Bulldozer" processor to 8.46151 GHz just a few days ago. Now AnandTech reports that Yang has broken his own record using the same AMD FX-8150 processor. The new, but still unofficial, overclocking speed record is now 8.5848 GHz.

Once again Yang used a lot of of liquid nitrogen to help achieve this feat, which pretty much blows away his previous high clock speed number. Apparently Yang raised the core voltage up to 2.076V on the chip to help achieve the new record. As we reported previously, Yang shut down six of the processor's eight cores to lower the chip's heat and thus allow for it to reach the ultra-high clock speed the last time and it's likely he did the same for the new high speed record.

The story points out that Yang could, in theory, achieve even faster PC processors speeds if he used liquid helium instead of liquid nitrogen in his efforts. The reason is that helium has a lower temperature when it liquefies at -269 Celsius; Nitrogen does the same at a relatively balmy -196 Celsius.

So what if Yang, or perhaps another overclocker with some time and technique on his or her hands, decide to get some liquid helium and put it on an AMD Bulldozer-based chip to cool it down? Could we see someone achieve the next milestone and break the 9 Ghz barrier? It's looking like it's more than possible than this stage.

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why do i even need liquid nitrogen or helium for daily bases pc use.. whats the use of 8GHz if you dont use it in daily bases ? for record's sake??

It's a record, a test, an experiment, to test how fast they can get a CPU...

ultimatescar said,
why do i even need liquid nitrogen or helium for daily bases pc use.. whats the use of 8GHz if you dont use it in daily bases ? for record's sake??

SPARTdAN said,
It's a record, a test, an experiment, to test how fast they can get a CPU...

only they/he didn't use the whole CPU only a small part of it so until the whole 8 cores are used it's a meaningless "Experiment / Test " without benching the thing at that speed

Beastage said,
I hope this doesn't indicate the GHz race is returning, we all been there... we had enough.

for a tech community you guys are...suprising in kinder words

what exactly is wrong with GHz race?
Parallel isn't the answer to everything many applications can benefit from a higher clock speed over parallel the guy is just breaking records if tech related stuff being posted on a tech related forum bothers you then perhaps you're on the wrong site hellokitty is over there -------->

Yang has broken his own record

Of course he did... nobody else cares enough to waste time and money on something like this.

"Yang shut down six of the processor's eight cores to lower the chip's heat and thus allow for it to reach the ultra-high clock speed the last time and it's likely he did the same for the new high speed record."

Maybe it's just me, but wouldn't it be more fun to try and get as much performance out of it while still being stable (preferably without using fricking liquid nitrogen for cooling) rather than just get the clock speed number as high as possible without any other purpose?

Leonick said,
"Yang shut down six of the processor's eight cores to lower the chip's heat and thus allow for it to reach the ultra-high clock speed the last time and it's likely he did the same for the new high speed record."
Just for overclocking all 8 cores to stable, AMD marketing guys don't pay and sponsored him.

Maybe it's just me, but wouldn't it be more fun to try and get as much performance out of it while still being stable (preferably without using fricking liquid nitrogen for cooling) rather than just get the clock speed number as high as possible without any other purpose?

Meaningless in regards to the technicalities, however it has great potential when it comes to advertising and confidence from the buyer's point of view. They don't care how fast and how it was done.

I like articles like this because the headline is what AMD need right now, the sooner they get back in the CPU game however way the better for all of us.

stevember said,

I like articles like this because the headline is what AMD need right now, the sooner they get back in the CPU game however way the better for all of us.

Better? Intel is (and has been expect for 2 years) the better of the two, always. Except those about 2-3 years, AMD hasnt even been a threat (except in the price division)

htcz said,

Better? Intel is (and has been expect for 2 years) the better of the two, always. Except those about 2-3 years, AMD hasnt even been a threat (except in the price division)

"the better for all of us" stems from better competition.

Id be interested to see what kind of power consumption this chip has at 8GHz, it uses a lot just mildly overclocking it let alone double its speed.

TheLegendOfMart said,
Id be interested to see what kind of power consumption this chip has at 8GHz, it uses a lot just mildly overclocking it let alone double its speed.

"Doubling its speed" (of this processor) is relative since he shuts down cores.

Who cares? He had to shut down 75% (6 of 8) of the cores to do it. OC the damn thing with ALL 8 cores running then get back to us...

ir0nw0lf said,
Who cares? He had to shut down 75% (6 of 8) of the cores to do it. OC the damn thing with ALL 8 cores running then get back to us...

Indeed... with the average FPS he gets in Crysis.

Jeex said,

Indeed... with the average FPS he gets in Crysis.

You do realise Crysis isn't the ultimate benchmark now, right?

ir0nw0lf said,
Who cares? He had to shut down 75% (6 of 8) of the cores to do it. OC the damn thing with ALL 8 cores running then get back to us...

Thought something similar.

Shut down more cores and WOW, you are OCing even higher!

Boy, the guy didn't learn or haven't seen my last comment. There is many "Ghz" in this article. Please learn to write it properly, it is "GHz".

If you need to correct something in the original article, you should always click the 'Report a problem with this article' link, not just post a comment. Please learn to do that properly!

Rhialto said,
Boy, the guy didn't learn or haven't seen my last comment. There is many "Ghz" in this article. Please learn to write it properly, it is "GHz".

Rhialto said,
Boy, the guy didn't learn or haven't seen my last comment. There is many "Ghz" in this article. Please learn to write it properly, it is "GHz".

"... or hasn't seen my last comment. There are many "Ghz" in this article."

If you want to troll...

Rhialto said,
Boy, the guy didn't learn or haven't seen my last comment. There is many "Ghz" in this article. Please learn to write it properly, it is "GHz".

gHZ

devHead said,
If you need to correct something in the original article, you should always click the 'Report a problem with this article' link, not just post a comment. Please learn to do that properly!

Noted, thanks! I learned something...