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AMD Breaks Speed Record With 8.429 GHz Overclock

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Definitely not achieved using air cooling.

AMD Bulldozer OC Record

While we're happy to be chugging along with our computers where you can count the gigahertz on a single hand, AMD's gone and broken a Guinness World Record for speeds reached with its upcoming Bulldozer chip.

Just how fast did the expert overclockers crank Bulldozer? 8.429 GHz. That breaks the previous record of 8.308 GHz.

The record was set on August 31, 2011, in Austin, Texas, by “Team AMD FX,” a group comprised of elite overclocking specialists working alongside top AMD technologists, who will also be named in the Guinness World Records.

“We applaud AMD for their entry into Guinness World Records for achieving the Highest Frequency of a Computer Processor,” said Freddie Hoff, adjudicator for Guinness World Records, who is presenting the award today at the AMD Fusion Zone, a technology showcase in San Francisco, Calif. “We congratulate everyone involved in this record-breaking achievement.”

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    wintermint , September 14, 2011 5:10 AM
    If there's time to beat the guiness world record overclock speed with bulldozer... why isn't there "time" to release some benchmarks for us consumers to see if it's worth the wait?

    Generally the lack of Bulldozer implies that the product is not as good as it said it should be. No, I'm not an Intel fanboy.. I'm looking forward to bulldozer myself :p 
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    duk3 , September 14, 2011 5:12 AM
    That's pretty fast.
    Still haven't seen my 10ghz 1 core processor yet
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    acasel , September 14, 2011 5:24 AM
    a 5ghz bulldozer on air would be nice to run every day :) 

    amd and bulldozer ftw!
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    wintermint , September 14, 2011 5:10 AM
    If there's time to beat the guiness world record overclock speed with bulldozer... why isn't there "time" to release some benchmarks for us consumers to see if it's worth the wait?

    Generally the lack of Bulldozer implies that the product is not as good as it said it should be. No, I'm not an Intel fanboy.. I'm looking forward to bulldozer myself :p 
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    duk3 , September 14, 2011 5:12 AM
    That's pretty fast.
    Still haven't seen my 10ghz 1 core processor yet
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    beenthere , September 14, 2011 5:14 AM
    Pretty cool like minus 223C !
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    SteelCity1981 , September 14, 2011 5:19 AM
    Eat your heart out Intel.
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    kilo_17 , September 14, 2011 5:22 AM
    Imagine Folding with that CPU, I bet the PPD would be insane :D 
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    acasel , September 14, 2011 5:24 AM
    a 5ghz bulldozer on air would be nice to run every day :) 

    amd and bulldozer ftw!
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    Benihana , September 14, 2011 5:33 AM
    SteelCity1981Eat your heart out Intel.

    Their record was set with 2 cores / 2 threads. So far, nacho_arroyo has gotten 7.1GHz with 6 cores / 12 threads. That the Intel 7.1GHz eats the 8.4GHz AMD for breakfast. Not to mention that the 980X debuted well over a year ago, and is still going strong. :) 
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    Benihana , September 14, 2011 5:34 AM
    Forgot the damn link:

    http://www.overclocking-tv.com/content/news/10875/nacho_arroyo-break-the-7-1ghz-barrier-again/
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    beenthere , September 14, 2011 5:35 AM
    Ferchrissakes folks stop whining... Bulldozer benches will be availalbe in a few week. Jeeesssh.
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    j3ff86 , September 14, 2011 5:38 AM
    beenthereFerchrissakes folks stop whining... Bulldozer benches will be availalbe in a few week. Jeeesssh.

    That's what people have generally been saying since June. I can guarantee you that there won't be benchmarks next week.
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    beenthere , September 14, 2011 5:41 AM
    The CPUs won't be available for a month so does it matter if the benches are released in 2 or 3 weeks? No it doesn't.
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    ojas , September 14, 2011 5:45 AM
    wait...they said "we're not going to run any benchmarks". Even if something overclocks insanely, it doesn't mean you can actually use it. I overclocked my 9600GT from it's stock values of 600/800/1500 to 770/1121/1955. It even ran all sandra GPU benchmarks but couldn't even run Halo CE.

    With all due respect to what they've done here, take this with a pinch of salt...
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    whysobluepandabear , September 14, 2011 5:46 AM
    Yeah....after watching the video, I'm convinced that they're all gay.


    I wonder if they'll use extreme measures to find out how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop. *rolls eyes*
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    iam2thecrowe , September 14, 2011 5:49 AM
    the world record should be for a useable CPU, not just booting a cpu at 8+ghz covered with liquid nitrogen, thats completely pointless.
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    aftcomet , September 14, 2011 5:54 AM
    beenthereFerchrissakes folks stop whining... Bulldozer benches will be availalbe in a few week. Jeeesssh.


    Nobody's whining that we have to wait some more. What we're complaining about is the hype that's being spewed.
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    beenthere , September 14, 2011 6:02 AM
    No hype, just AMD setting another Guinness World Record. It's cool and noteworthy. Why people are having a canary because the Zambezi benches have not been released yet is beyond me. AMD always has some cool stuff to announce at IDF to piss Intel off. Today it was a World Record with Bulldozer and the fact that they will run up to 5 Gig. on air without too much issue with good cooling. They also demoed the next 28nm laptop GPU running before Nividia. It's all good.
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    beenthere , September 14, 2011 6:16 AM
    The speed, i.e. frequency of the processor has nothing to do with how many cores they use. The whole point was to see how high they could clock the CPU - period. They aren't suggesting that you could actual run benches or apps like this, it's just an exercise in overclocking.
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    jsc , September 14, 2011 6:27 AM
    True. Without benchmarks, it is all flash and no bang.
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