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Intel Ivy Bridge Processor Hits 7GHz Overclock Record 144

MojoKid writes "Renowned Overclocker HiCookie used a Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H motherboard to achieve a fully validated 7.03GHz clock speed on an Intel Core i7 3770K Ivy Bridge processor. As it stands, that's the highest clockspeed for an Ivy Bridge CPU, and it required a steady dose of liquid nitrogen to get there. HiCookie also broke a record for the highest memory speed on an Ivy Bridge platform, pushing his G.Skill Trident X DDR3-2800 memory kit populated in four DIMM slots to 3,280MHz. Not for the faint of heart, the record breaking CPU overclock required that HiCookie pump 1.956V to the processor, according to his CPU-Z screenshot. The CPU multiplier was set at x63."
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Intel Ivy Bridge Processor Hits 7GHz Overclock Record

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 31, 2012 @04:49PM (#40172455)

    Generally they disable all cores but one to achieve these clock speeds.

  • Re:Is that a joke? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by wmbetts ( 1306001 ) on Thursday May 31, 2012 @05:43PM (#40173143)

    They have an irrational fear of right turns?

  • by LtGordon ( 1421725 ) on Thursday May 31, 2012 @07:32PM (#40174303)

    It's the same performance as a 1.6Ghz quadcore with just air cooling

    Except that it's not. For some theoretical computations that could be made perfectly parallel, this might be nearly true. However, in most cases (presently), the limiting factor in computation speed is the clock speed of an individual core.

  • by asliarun ( 636603 ) on Thursday May 31, 2012 @11:52PM (#40176229)

    The results are pretty impressive

    I honestly don't understand why. These ridiculous liquid nitrogen overclocks have absolutely no real world implications whatsoever. They completely trash the hardware, and for what? A big number? What the hell good is that?

    It's a shame, because the people that should be getting the hype and recognition are the ones that are overclocking their systems while still having a modicum of stability with real-world applications and reasonable up-time, because at least that's useful to enthusiasts and pushes a real envelope as opposed to a bullshit fake one that only a very, very select few can duplicate and even fewer would even bother.

    Want to impress me? Crank out stable 5+ GHz on air cooling across all the cores in an always-on machine. Playing games with liquid Nitrogen is not impressive at all. These guys are the ricers of the computer world.

    Actually, you are wrong. I'm not speaking for overclockers and in fact, I'm not even one. However, extreme overclocking is very valuable. It tells normal overclockers how much headroom they can expect (at least relative to another chip), it gives an indication of how robust the chip design and the process technology is.

    Your car analogy is completely wrong as well. A ricer analogy would be someone who uses a fancy case but does nothing to improve the internals. The analogy would be someone who takes a stock engine and tries to rev it to the maximum possible rpm by using any means. I imagine that many people would find this a valuable metric especially when they are comparing various engines, especially for specialized needs such as drag racing.

Can anyone remember when the times were not hard, and money not scarce?