Win a Super Exclusive AMD TWKR CPU

If you’re a hardcore CPU tweaker (and by that we mean someone who uses LN2 or liquid helium on the bench), there's a good chance that you’ve already heard about the AMD Phenom II X4 TWKR chips.

For those not in the know, these processors are special Phenom II X4s that are hand-picked by AMD for maximum overclocking potential. Ironically, the fact they're high-leakage parts makes them less desirable to most other users. According to AMD, only about 100 TWKR processors exist in the world today.

To explain what makes these chips stand out, we'll defer to Team IRONMODS' Ton Khowdee.

“What makes these chips special is the fact that they are considered 'high leakage' parts. In this context, high leakage means that the processors 'leak' more current than a normal Phenom II CPU and consequently run hotter, which actually turns out to be a positive for the overclocking crowd (even if it means they're more likely to die an early death). They can take on more voltage and generally tend to scale higher when cooled with extreme methods, such as liquid nitrogen or liquid helium.”

Under extreme conditions, we were able to hit 6.4 GHz with 1.75 V. Out of the box, this processor boots at just 2 GHz. Click here to read our full picture story on Tom's Hardware's experience overclocking these binned components.

Currently, these chips aren’t for sale. In fact, right on the chip it reads "Not for Sale." But luckily, you’re reading Tom's Hardware, and we managed to secure a second pair of fresh new TWKR CPUs to give away! The contest runs from June 30, 2009 (12:01 am PST, GMT -8) through July 12, 2009 (11:59 pm PST, GMT -8). See the full contest rules here, including what you need to do in order to enter. Bear in mind that they run hot, they're less efficient, they aren't covered by a warranty, and consequently not intended for regular desktop users. In order to get the most out of these CPUs, you need to be running liquid nitrogen or helium on a test bench.

Best of luck in your entry, and check out the video.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • apache_lives
    Wonder if this is AMD's solution on an Intel Extreme Edition CPU - create a lot of hype? Not that its all about nothing - these should be great overclockers and AMD may just make a new trend here.
  • roofus
    It would qualify as a solution to the Extreme Edition if they made more than 100 of them. I was pretty excited about these until I found out how very few there would be and only the elite overclockers will likely have a chance to touch one. =/
  • NuclearShadow
    I think there really should be some sort of requirement for the winner to actually be required to overclock and benchmark it using extreme cooling solutions. Chances are tons of people are going to enter this contest and the winner more than likely just use it as a everyday CPU.
  • coopchennick
    ebay anyone?
  • lifelesspoet
    High power leakage, maximum power consumption and short lifespan and extreme cooling needed, I'm sorry guys but I think I will bow out of the contest. While overclocking is a lot of fun, I would rather not build a loud and unreliable rig to support it.
    Games aren't meant for benchmarks numbers and a high pitched whirrr takes away from the experience out of playing the game.
  • amnotanoobie
    NuclearShadow....the winner more than likely just use it as a everyday CPU.
    lifelesspoetWhile overclocking is a lot of fun, I would rather not build a loud and unreliable rig to support it.
    This cpu isn't aimed for the everyday user, this chip is intended to be auctioned off. As an extreme overclocker, high leakage, very limited quantity, not even for sale item, the bids should go pretty high. There are people with access to LN2 and Liquid helium, and I ain't one of them. :D
  • Spanky Deluxe
    Woo! Another US only competition! Thanks for caring about your European readers - its not like half of your reporters and testing lands come from Europe or anything after all...
  • Intel should just use lots of inexpensive processor cores to create a personal supercomputer (PSC).

    Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative (ASCI) Red was the first computer to rate above 1 teraFLOPS using 200 MHz Pentium Pro processors.

    Many of today's supercomputers use SUSE.