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AMD Overclocking Contest: We Have a Winner!

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Last month we launched the AMD CPU Virtual Overclocking Contest, and today we’re proud to announce our first winner.

Less than a month ago, we had an open call for AMD CPU enthusiasts to run their Phenom processors as fast as they could go, using any means necessary to achieve the highest overclock possible.

Today we’re proud to announce that the top overclocking honors belong to Travis Jank, AKA V2-V3, who was able to take his AMD Phenom II X4 940 to a chart-topping 5.6 GHz using a 275 MHz bus speed and 20.5x multiplier. Keep in mind that the Phenom II X4 940 runs at a default speed of 3.0 GHz!

Travis ran his champion CPU on an Asus M4A79 Deluxe with a 2 GB kit from Corsair. For video, he paired his motherboard with the Asus EAH4350 Silent (512 MB ATI Radeon HD 4350).

Congratulations to Travis! We’ll be flying him out to our offices here in Los Angeles, all expenses paid for, to receive the prizes and have an opportunity to replicate or even exceed the winning overclock! But before all that, we’re going to be holding part two of our competition. Those of you with a Phenom 9950 Black Edition will get your chance this month to push your processor to the limit and join the winners’ circle.

Stay tuned for more when the contest opens tomorrow!

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    ravenware , March 12, 2009 10:28 PM
    Nice
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    sandeepb , March 12, 2009 10:33 PM
    No way 1.537v to get to 5.6Ghz, You sure about that? I want his chip lol
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    Silluete , March 12, 2009 10:56 PM
    5.6 Gigs?!! wow i even can't past 3.5G without being unstable. *sob*
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    Silluete , March 12, 2009 10:58 PM
    By the way before i forget, i hope toms feature it at case and cooling articles. It's about time that section get new blood.
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    ravenware , March 12, 2009 11:42 PM
    sandeepbNo way 1.537v to get to 5.6Ghz, You sure about that? I want his chip lol


    I wonder if his choice of gpu played a roll. The 4350 would consume very little wattage leaving more power resources for the CPU.
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    mbass , March 13, 2009 12:44 AM
    Nice job!
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    c_l_roberts , March 13, 2009 2:15 AM
    Here is a link to a youtube video of some people in Los Vegas on 1/10/09. They ran 3DMark 05 and got a score of over 45,000 and Overclocked it to 6.5 GHZ. They used Liquid Helium. http://www.youtube.comwatch?v=wB0JodKgZ0A.
    They used the Phenom II 940 and broke the world record.
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    c_l_roberts , March 13, 2009 2:31 AM
    Sorry. That link was on this page.. My bad.
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    p2am1756 , March 13, 2009 3:29 AM
    Awesome! I had no doubt Jank could pull this off! Looking forward to more record breaking results from him.
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    eddieroolz , March 13, 2009 6:27 AM
    Wow, a 5.6 out of a 3! Very nice!
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    scarpa , March 13, 2009 7:16 AM
    I wish I would have a Phenom that runs at 5.6ghz.
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    jerryt74332 , March 13, 2009 8:13 AM
    I guess this is good for phenom, my I7 dose wprime 32M in 6.5 sec also, at 3.8ghz on air. I am now a little sad for owning a phenom II 940 also.
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    Marcus Yam , March 13, 2009 9:33 AM
    Silluete5.6 Gigs?!! wow i even can't past 3.5G without being unstable. *sob*

    Well, there was that big tank of liquid nitrogen that he had too. ;) 
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    grieve , March 13, 2009 2:27 PM
    Impressive, I’m jealous!
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    grieve , March 13, 2009 2:29 PM
    Marcus YamWell, there was that big tank of liquid nitrogen that he had too.

    I wonder where a person purchases a big tank of liquid nitrogen like that?! Like what kind of permits would you need?
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    piper5177 , March 13, 2009 2:39 PM
    You can rent them from companies like Airgas or Praxair.
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    Anonymous , March 13, 2009 5:17 PM
    Get a credit account at a welding supply company or any AirGas business and you too can play with liquid nitrogen :) 

    renting the tank is about $50 a month and filling the tank is about $200 each fill, I went through 3 of these tanks ( one a day ) to get the 5.6GHz on the MAD Phenom II 940BE and tune it stable enough to reach the above scores.
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    grieve , March 16, 2009 6:14 PM
    v2-v3Get a credit account at a welding supply company or any AirGas business and you too can play with liquid nitrogen.

    Interesting...

    I may just look into this for fun, I don’t want a jumbo tank like that, but just a little would be fun to play with.
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    cdnsteve , March 17, 2009 3:31 PM
    I'm sure his insurance company would love to see a blow-torch and huge bottle of liquid nitrogen in his place....
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    Anonymous , May 1, 2009 1:11 AM
    Liquid Nitrogen is a fire suppressant
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