AMD Phenom II with 5 GHz: OC experiment of the CPU pictured
At a presentation in Austin, Texas, AMD demonstrated the clock potential of the upcoming quad-core CPU Phenom II - PCGH was on site. We show you the first pictures of the event.
With liquid nitrogen the OC experts cooled a pre-production model of the Phenom II down to -190 degrees Celsius. The first Phenom generation does not stand such low temperatures. The clock could be raised to around 5 GHz and even above - without any crashes. Of course, such values are only interesting for pro overclockers but also with a conventional air cooling 4 GHz were possible. Unfortunately we cannot announce exact values yet, but as always with overclocking the results differ anyway.
We also tested some of the Phenom II systems ourselves which were equipped with different cooling systems. With the help of the BIOS or the AMD tools Overdrive and Fusion it was easy to raise voltage and frequency. We even made some benchmarks but we are not allowed to reveal the results.
Phenom II in detail
AMD plans to release the Phenom II X4 on 8th January at the CES, initially for the established socket AM2+. The processor is part of the also new Dragon platform which consists of the Phenom II, an AMD chipset of the 7th series and a Radeon HD 4000 and therefore replaces the actual Spider platform. Compared to the old platform AMD promises a considerable improvement of the performance.
While the first Phenom is produced with the 65 nanometer process AMD's successor changes to a new 45 nm process which has also been used for the new Opteron codename Shanghai. The OC experiment proves that amazing clock speeds are possible even at the current stage. AMD does neither reveal the standard clock speeds of the first Phenom II models for the socket AM2+ nor the model numbers yet. There are speculations about a five figure or a three figure number schema - at least it is sure that the four figure system of the first Phenom will be replaced.
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