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Overclocker Pushes Intel's Celeron D to 8.20 GHz

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An Intel Celeron D 347 processor was overclocked to a crazy-fast 8199.5 MHz.

An overclocker by the name of “TiN” from XtremeLabs.org claims to have pushed the 65nm Intel Celeron D 347 processor to an insane 8.20 GHz (8199.5 MHz) clock-speed without melting a single face. This new clock speed knocks out the world's previous overclocking champ by a mere 16.8 MHz. That's an amazing feat given that, by default, the single-core Celeron CPU has an official clock speed of 3.06 GHz.

Xbitlabs reports that TiN achieved this blistering speed by using a heavily-modified DFI LanParty UT P35 motherboard (Intel P35, revision A2), OCZ Technology memory, and liquid nitrogen. Hexus adds that the overclocker first heated the Celeron CPU to over 200°C to remove the integrated heat spreader (IHS), and then inserted it into the motherboard.

But despite the amazing clock speed, TiN did not provide benchmarks to show how well the CPU performed at such a high frequency. Although it's interesting to see the Celeron pushed to an extreme limit, Hexus points out that frequencies are no longer the “defining performance characteristics” thanks to multi-threaded computing.

Still, we'd like see this jacked-up CPU tackle a younger, friskier CPU such as the Intel Core i7 clocking in at 3.00 GHz. Perhaps we'll see a few benchmarks soon. In the meantime, check out the forum post... there are a few images showing how TiN reached the overclocked speed.

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    obiown77 , January 26, 2010 8:44 PM
    YES!!! THIS CELERON WILL PLAY CRYSIS!!!
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    skpman , January 26, 2010 8:54 PM
    obiown77YES!!! THIS CELERON WILL PLAY CRYSIS!!!


    that gave me a good laugh!
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    rjkucia , January 26, 2010 8:58 PM
    obiown77YES!!! THIS CELERON WILL PLAY CRYSIS!!!


    With the proper graphics, it actually would.
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  • 34 Hide
    obiown77 , January 26, 2010 8:44 PM
    YES!!! THIS CELERON WILL PLAY CRYSIS!!!
  • 25 Hide
    skpman , January 26, 2010 8:54 PM
    obiown77YES!!! THIS CELERON WILL PLAY CRYSIS!!!


    that gave me a good laugh!
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    alvine , January 26, 2010 8:57 PM
    I'm wondering about the vcore haha :) 
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    rjkucia , January 26, 2010 8:58 PM
    obiown77YES!!! THIS CELERON WILL PLAY CRYSIS!!!


    With the proper graphics, it actually would.
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    Anonymous , January 26, 2010 9:03 PM
    Who cares? Its a Celeron at any speed!
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    vulcan900 , January 26, 2010 9:09 PM
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    TiN did not provide benchmarks to show how well the CPU performed at such a high frequency


    May be its because of the instability at such frequencies. Also i really don't think it can even beat a core i7 processor.
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    IzzyCraft , January 26, 2010 9:15 PM
    it's a celeron D! lol by all means a bad performer but it's a very high freq none th less
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    doomtomb , January 26, 2010 9:16 PM
    jescott418Who cares? Its a Celeron at any speed!

    They might have gotten the speed to record highs but GHz doesn't mean much when it's still a Celeron. Would've been much more impressive if they put that effort into an i7 or at least Core 2 generation.
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    christop , January 26, 2010 9:33 PM
    I am impressed..
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    darkknight22 , January 26, 2010 9:36 PM
    alvineI'm wondering about the vcore haha


    Probably rivals what your house uses.
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    skit75 , January 26, 2010 9:43 PM
    alvineI'm wondering about the vcore haha


    2.096VDC according to the screen shot.
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    jrharbort , January 26, 2010 9:43 PM
    That core voltage has me in shock. I have never even seen a voltage beyond 1.7v that didn't fry a (more modern) CPU.
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    daft , January 26, 2010 9:44 PM
    alvineI'm wondering about the vcore haha

    if the cpu-z pic is correct. then its at 2.096v
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    Shadow703793 , January 26, 2010 9:48 PM
    CPUZ Verified: http://valid.canardpc.com/records.php

    Well done to who ever pulled it off. Wonder if they still have some of those "Golden" P4s floating around.
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    Shadow703793 , January 26, 2010 9:51 PM
    jrharbortThat core voltage has me in shock. I have never even seen a voltage beyond 1.7v that didn't fry a (more modern) CPU.

    lol, you haven't done much have you: http://hwbot.org/community/submission/888121_shadow703793_cpu_z_core_2_e2180_2.0ghz_3800_mhz
    E2180 @ 3.8Ghz with DIY Waterblock.
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    fatkid35 , January 26, 2010 9:52 PM
    just another case of dressing up a pig in a skirt. i can make a 1977 cutlass supreme go 300 mph with a rocket straped to it. so what! still an unusable piece of hardware.
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    fulle , January 26, 2010 10:24 PM
    Why do people think Crysis scales past a 1.8GHz dual core?
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    masterasia , January 26, 2010 10:24 PM
    How much money do nerds make overclocking CPUs like this?
    To me, it's pretty pointless. Today, in real life situations, you'll probably never us a CPU overclocked that high. 4.0~4.2 Ghz is probably the norm for daily extreme overclockers. I have mine set around 3.6~4.0Ghz daily.
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    itrendslave , January 26, 2010 10:33 PM
    Yeah... I don't really see the point in "recreational overclocking". You can run that bad boy for 15 minutes before your liquid nitrogen stock is fresh out... then what? Back to 3.X or 4.XGHz, inevitably -- some stable speed that can be supported by regular water cooling.

    ...plus, it's still a celeron. He should upgrade his name to "PlatinuM" and step up to some core 2's.
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