Well here is an exciting tidbit of news for the morning. The lads over at XtremeSystems had a bit of a party in Finland over the weekend, and boy what a event it was!
In attendance was the usual list of suspects representing Finland, Russia, Sweden, Italy and Belgium.
Along with the usual overclocker’s party tricks (likely consisting of sub zero chilled beer and fruity drinks) they also had their mitts on one of AMD’s recently released the limited edition Phenom II 42 TWKR CPU which will see only 100 in production world wide. The CPU’s are extremely rare as they contain hand picked Deneb C2 chips, and operating at 1.44v stock. There are many other special tidbits that make this CPU highly valued in overclocking circles, but those are minor details, the thing you need to know is that, boy can these things overclock!
The Finish overclocking shindig also featured an extra rarity for the party goers. Liquid Helium (LHe) was the fluid of choice, a substance always talked about but rarely seen due to its extremely high cost, and quick evaporation times. Overlocking with this substance is an extreme enthusiast’s dream.
After reveling for a time, the famed AMD TWKR was paired with a DFI LANParty 790FXB-M3eH7 motherboard and the serious work began. The team began reaching speeds of 6.8GHz with the CPU and edging closer to beating out the best.
Ultimately though, it would be one of the AMD Phenom II 955 BE processors, just like those found on store shelves, that would hit the magical number;
Reaching temperatures over -250C, records were set with the team achieving 7GHZ (7004.4MHz) with the pairing. Initially it had not be fully validated, but is now official; this would be amongst the highest speeds this AMD CPU has reached to date, and the highest overclock with the pairing.
But the fun and games had not yet ended, the lads were using liquid helium, more records needed to be chased. Inching just below the current top contenders, they acheived the following 3DMark 05 and 06 scores - Good enough for a second place in the ORB world standings for 05 (10 points shy of the #1 seed) and 3DMark06
Placing on the podium in three “events” – not bad for a days work. Even with Intel’s absolutely excellent showing at recent overclocking events, AMD has managed to regain its seat with the enthusiast community and prove it has what it takes to play, and play hard.
Be sure to check out the post here at XtremeSystems for more details
Update: A bit of misinformation was tossed around this morning. Astute readers noticed, that it was NOT in fact the TWKR that hit 7GHz, but a good ole’ regular 955… a processor that you can purchase off store shelves, making it that much more impressive!