AMD overclocks its way into Guinness World Records

The team behind the overclocking endeavour relied on liquid Nitrogen cooling to achieve the high frequency

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AMD overclocks its way into Guinness World Records The new Bulldozer architecture processor was overclocked to a mammoth 8.429GHz
By  Clayton Vallabhan Published  September 15, 2011

AMD is in the news today for getting into the Guinness World Records for the highest frequency for a computer processor to date.

AMD's 8-core FX desktop CPU was able to run at 8.429GHz, beating a previous record of 8.309GhHz held by Intel with its D352 Celeron processor.

Team AMD FX cooled the CPU with liquid Nitrogen as air or water cooling would not be sufficient to cool the processor at these searing frequencies. The team consisted of overclocking gurus along with techies at AMD. The clock speed was verified by using CPU-Z and will go into the records for the highest frequency CPU. Previously, AMD was able to overclock the FX CPU to a little above 5GHz using liquid cooling, however for this overclocking feat the team used a three phase cooling system.

Chris Cloran, Corporate Vice President and GM, Client group AMD had this to say, "The record-breaking processor speed that resides in the AMD FX CPU clearly demonstrates performance gains for the new AMD Bulldozer multi-core architecture, which will provide x86 computing power for this CPU and future AMD Accelerated Processing Units. Along with world-record frequencies, the AMD FX processor will enable an unrivaled enthusiast PC experience for the money - extreme multi-display gaming, mega-tasking and HD content creation."

AMD has made a video of this feat and posted it on YouTube. It is viewable here.

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