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AMD Breaks Overclocking Record With Bulldozer 193

Posted by timothy
from the overkill-kill-kill-kill dept.
MojoKid writes "AMD recently held a press event at their Austin headquarters, offering hands on time with the company's upcoming Bulldozer-based FX-line of processors. Many of the details disclosed are still under NDA embargo, but AMD is allowing a sneak peek today to go along with a claimed Guinness World Record announcement. A team of overclocking enthusiasts and AMD engineers had a sampling of early AMD FX processors running at around 5GHz with high-end air and water-cooling, in the 6GHz range with phase-change cooling, and well over 8GHz on liquid-nitrogen and liquid-helium setups. Voltages of over 1.9v were used as well for some of the more extreme tests. The team had access to dozens of early FX processors and methodically worked through a batch of chips until ultimately hitting a peak of 8.429GHz using liquid-helium, breaking the previous world record of 8.309GHz for modern processor frequency." Update: 09/13 13:54 GMT by T : Adds user Vigile: PC Perspective was there and took some photos and video of the event.
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AMD Breaks Overclocking Record With Bulldozer

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  • by I.M.O.G. (811163) <spamisyummy@gmail.com> on Tuesday September 13, 2011 @08:47AM (#37386478) Homepage
    I also attended the event, and wrote up a more detailed account of the demonstration and word record result for the overclocking audience: http://www.overclockers.com/amd-fx-bulldozer-breaks-cpu-frequency-world-record/ [overclockers.com]
  • Re:Distraction. (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 13, 2011 @10:38AM (#37387848)

    Okay, your post is a little bit of flamebait, but I'll bite.

    I can purchase the A-3850 for about $40 less than the i5-2400. Certainly, the i5 will trounce the A-3850 up to the point where you want to process graphics. Once you start to process graphics, you can't really compare the Intel HD 3000 to the on-die Radeon 6550. If I want comparable graphics, I have to purchase $150 graphics card. I can also purchase the ASUS FM1-Pro motherboard for about $50 less than a similar ASUS board for the i5 (with comparable features). After this setup, my A-3850 will probably peak (with full graphics acceleration) at about 150 watts, while the Intel would likely run at 250 watts or more.

    Taking into account power consumption, the AMD setup won't be 10% over 3 years, but it might be 30% the cost of the Intel setup. Unless I'm doing a massive amount of heavy lifting (like constantly transcoding HD video) then the Intel might be worth while. But, my PC is idle 95% of the time with only a few spikes of CPU usage.

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