In just a couple of hours, Guinness will award AMD for achieving the world’s fastest desktop CPU. Granted, it involves a rather significant overclock, but a record’s a record. In this case, the CPU involved is the 8-core AMD FX CPU, scheduled for release later this fall.
Before you start dreaming about how fast you’ll be able to get your own chips, there are, of course, a couple of caveats to keep in mind. Overclocking your processor requires the system to get extremely cold. A lot of ‘professional’ overclockers end up attaching giant tubes filled with liquid nitrogen to the processors, bringing it down to temperatures in the area of -180 degrees Celsius.
This time, AMD had to go a step beyond by bringing out the dewars of liquid helium – which has a resting temperature of just a few degrees above absolute zero.
The previous record set for an overclocked desktop CPU was 8.303GHz. AMD’s upcoming Bulldozer was sped up to a whopping 8.429GHz. It may not seem like much of a difference, but it’s more than enough to secure for them the world record. Officially, the record will be titled the “Highest Frequency of a Computer Processor”, though it is of course restricted to production CPUs.
There’s no word of what the the overclocked monstrosity was able to accomplish with its extreme overclock – only the frequency itself was given. As many have discovered, clock speed will determine how fast a specific CPU model will run, but it does not by any means guarantee that it’s going to run faster than, say, the competition.
In this case, at least, AMD can probably safely claim the upper hand.
AMD used the event as an excuse to rightly talk up the upcoming FX CPUs. The company is maintaining a ship date of sometime in the fourth quarter, although nothing has been said about the price or availability beyond that timeframe. It was noted that all AMD FX-branded CPUs will be completely unlocked, letting gamers set whatever sort of multipliers they can.