AMD: Phenom II X4 955 BE overclocked to almost 7 GHz
With a Phenom II X4 940 BE AMD set a new 3DMark 05 world record in January at the CES in Las Vegas. Now it seems like AMD wants to go even further with the Phenom II X4 955 BE.
The Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition usually runs at 3.2 GHz. Extreme overclockers at ripping.org apparently reached the 6.7 GHz limit with one of those CPUs - but it seems like AMD already bet that result in internal tests. For private overclocking, without extreme cooling solutions, AMD expects that a clock speed of 3.8 GHz is easily reached.
According to a report at computerworld.com AMD has exceeded 7 GHZ already. Although neither the settings nor the cooling method have been revealed, one might expect a similar procedure as it has been seen at the CES in Las Vegas.
There a Phenom II X4 940 had been cooled down to minus 140 degrees Celsius with liquid nitrogen before liquid helium was used to lower the temperature to about minus 240 degrees Celsius. At this freezing temperature a clock speed of 6.5 GHz was stable and the system reached 45,474 pinots in 3DMark 05. It is possible that AMD repeats the event with even higher clock speeds.
Below you can see a video that shows the AMD overclocking event that took place in January 2009 at the CES in Las Vegas.
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