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Overclocking: Tom's Sets World Record

Overclocking: Tom's Sets World Record

On Saturday February 23, members of the Jmax-Hardware, Tom’s Hardware, and Tom’s Guide forums met in the offices of Bestofmedia. They had come to try to set a new world record for overclocking. And they succeeded.

The team consisted of 13 members: six from Jmax-Hardware, four from the Tom’s Hardware forums, and three members of the Tom’s Guide forums. The hardware used to set the record consisted of four test platforms; three using a liquid-nitrogen cooling system and one with a compressor-based (DoD or Direct-on-Die) cooling system.

We memorialized the day in a series of photos you’ll find on the following pages.

View the video taken at Bestofmedia’s offices here.

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    chechnyan , July 28, 2008 8:45 AM
    ohh my god how he could do that in the picture 11
    its insane
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    Acethechosenone , July 28, 2008 8:49 AM
    Congrats Tom, a 5Ghz Q6600! Next step : Sponsorship from McDonald's ;) 
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    JohnnyMash , July 28, 2008 9:21 AM
    Nice job of hitting 5+GHz! While it is usually customary to go into huge amounts of detail when reporting a LN2 'dyno run', there is very little information and a couple too many shots of beaming tech-heads and them eating at Macca's, and general uninformative detail in system photos. Given that this is a 'world record', it was quite unspectacular.

    Give the camera to that balding dude next time!
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    outlw6669 , July 28, 2008 9:30 AM
    WTG Toms!
    That is a hell of an overclock!
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    caskachan , July 28, 2008 9:42 AM
    ok so how many more pages do i have to skim trough to know the actual record?
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    fallen2004 , July 28, 2008 9:43 AM
    wow dats impressive, kinda a waste of time n money bt stil its fun
    Bt y use a P35 board wouldnt an X48 have been beter?
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    lucuis , July 28, 2008 9:53 AM
    Damn that's impressive. I wish it had any real world application though.
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    3Ball , July 28, 2008 11:04 AM
    Very impressive guys. Grats!


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    randomizer , July 28, 2008 11:06 AM
    So what was the record, highest Q6600 clockspeed?
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    jaragon13 , July 28, 2008 11:38 AM
    holy ****.
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    cmashwin , July 28, 2008 11:38 AM
    Why is the CPU-Z showing only 2 cores and 2 threads?? Were the other 2 cores disabled?? If so, its not REALLY valid right?"
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    Noya , July 28, 2008 11:45 AM
    Of course it's a non-USA Tom's...
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    truehighroller , July 28, 2008 12:10 PM
    I hope this isn't a double post first off. They were all kids?? I should have been invited. I could have beat that score. I would love to become a hardware tester for companies.
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    martel80 , July 28, 2008 12:22 PM
    I would think that E7200 would beat Q6600 in overclock (if just GHz matters).
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    cah027 , July 28, 2008 12:35 PM
    Wonder how fast you could shrink a 2 hour dvd with that !
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    caamsa , July 28, 2008 1:25 PM
    All that and no benchmarks............sigh...............
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    Shadow703793 , July 28, 2008 2:30 PM
    While the overclocking is done mostly under Windows, a properly adjusted BIOS is an advantage.

    :lol:  You should NEVER OC through Windows.

    A full spec set (ie. RAM,etc) would also have been useful. One fact to note was that the motherboard was based on the P35 chipset.
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    LsRamAir , July 28, 2008 2:46 PM
    Ummm, that isnt a Q6600 anymore once you deactivate half the cores. Its just a core 2 duo now, the real World Record needs to have cores 2 and 3 functioning... since they are less stable.
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    martin0642 , July 28, 2008 2:54 PM
    Well, since they were there and setup already it would have been nice if they tested a processor that was actually nice, like a 45nm dual-core part. Less complexity, an extreme edition that was bin sorted, and smaller fab might have resulted in a higher clock. Not that going from 2.4 to 5.1 on a quad isn't impressive in and of itself, it is, but since everyone was already dressed up you might as well do the full party.
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    physx7 , July 28, 2008 3:03 PM
    Wow... Will be interesting to know what kind of benchies that will get.

    Good article
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