AMD FX Bulldozer CPU clocks up 8.4GHz world record

Cooled with liquid helium, no less, the 'Bulldozer' scores a Guinness World Record
Adam Smith

September 13, 2011
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AMD’s new Guinness World Record for the fastest processor clock speed ever achieved just happens to coincide with the start of Intel’s Developer Forum. What fortuitous timing for the company…

What was used to achieve this record? AMD broke out one of its upcoming 8-core AMD FX desktop processors (of the Bulldozer variety) and a great big vat of liquid helium. Yes, that liquid nitrogen stuff is for the amateur overclockers.

This setup, put together by Team AMD FX, a group of elite overclocking specialists, managed to achieve 8.429GHz, breaking the previous record of 8.308GHz. In fact they broke it twice, and you can watch the action on YouTube.

Chris Cloran, corporate vice president and general manager at AMD, enthused: “Along with world-record frequencies, the AMD FX processor will enable an unrivaled enthusiast PC experience for the money – extreme multi-display gaming, mega-tasking and HD content creation.”

AMD notes that its new FX desktop CPU range, due out at the end of the year, will offer completely unlocked clock multipliers for easier enthusiast overclocking. But go easy on the liquid helium.

The company boasts that in terms of real world overclocking performance, the Bulldozer has been pepped up over 5GHz using just air cooling or sub $100 water solutions.

The price of the new FX CPU is also looking good, apparently pitching around the $200 mark for the cheapest 6-core chip, and perhaps a tad under $300 for the 8-core monsters (which aren’t truly 8-core, mind, but four groups of twin modules acting as a virtual 8-core processor).

This should finally give consumers something to rival Intel’s Sandy Bridge ‘K’ series chips, which also overclock towards the 5GHz mark on air and have proved big sellers at reasonable price points.

Of course, Intel has its 6-core Sandy Bridge E processor waiting in the wings.


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