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Tuesday, 01 November 2011 12:21

AMD no longer holds overclocking record

Written by Nick Farell

Beaten by one bloke and his dog

AMD was jolly pleased last month when its engineers staged an event to squeeze 8429.38MHz out of its FX-8150 processor. This made it the highest-clocked CPU in the world and required a cast of thousands to manage.  

However this week they have been beaten by a bloke working by himself. Andre Yang managed to break the record by 32MHz.  What is perhaps more important is that he did it without the AMD team or a parent or guardian backing him.  According to TechPowerUp he used  2GB of RAM, an ASUS Crosshair V Formula motherboard, some double sided sticking tape an no adult assistance.

He managed to stick 2V of electricity into the chip and disabled most of its cores to prevent it from giving him an all over tan. Still it is not bad news for AMD. He still used its FX-8150 chip and it is still the highest-clocked CPU of all time.

More here.

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+5 #1 yourma2000 2011-11-01 13:04
They do and they don't own the record...kind of.
+6 #2 dimz 2011-11-01 16:31
He broke the record on an AMD FX-8150, the same cpu AMD themselves used for the record. Doesn't that essentially mean that he simply "updated" the record? :P
+2 #3 neurosyn 2011-11-01 18:34
this is all really silly, because in both amd and intel research labs they have had cpus with over 20ghz each. It just feels like the Bugatti Veyron deal.
-5 #4 The blue fox 2011-11-01 22:29
It don't matter how much you over clock it. It still get outperformed buy a i7

And buy the time Windows 8 comes around Intel will have something faster.
+2 #5 Super XP 2011-11-02 13:17
Do people want an ONLY Intel CPU choice? Really? i7 is faster than AMD's Phenom II's and it's newly released FX series. This has been preached ever since Bulldozer's release. We get it, though it doesn't mean AMD's FX CPUs are bad Processors.
It's already been discussed, AMD had 32nm process issues along with Bulldozer needing some MAJOR fine tuning. It also does not help when people at AMD keep getting replaced, and project decisions get changed last minute.
Right now Bulldozer is here to stay, let's hope AMD gets out the tweaking tools and fixes it's issues. Combine this with a properly working 32nm HKMG process and we have a winner.
Right now AMD gets a thumbs up for pushing Innovation. We should expect 8-Core 5GHz speeds with low volts via the new upcoming B3 revision.

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