Core i7 overclocked to 5.5 GHz

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It didn’t take long for overclocking aficionados to get their cores cold and ready to set some records.  ASUS is reporting that a Japanese overclocking hobbyist has managed to push the Core i7 965 EE up to 5510MHz, which is pretty impressive, considering the stock speed runs at 3.2GHz.  

Why is ASUS reporting it, you might ask?  Well, they’re not missing the chance to promote their new Rampage II Extreme X58 motherboard.  While this isn’t the time to get into specifics on the hardware, it is worth pointing out a very cool feature of the new motherboard.

The little joystick visible in the center above allows modifications to be made to CPU frequency and voltage — all while the system is running.  No need to constantly reboot, since you can tweak things around while the benchmark is actually running.  That’s definitely an attractive feature for overclockers.

While the 5.5GHz Core i7 overclock is impressive, reports have been coming out lately about the overclockability of AMD’s upcoming Phenom II X4 processors.  I’m not allowed to get into much more specifics than to say that AMD has shown off some impressive over 5GHz overclocks of their own — making the next few months very interesting in processor land.

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