AMD processors post speed record – Frequency of 8.429GHz!
AMD, the computer processor manufacturer, has set a new Guinness World Record for the highest frequency achieved for a computer processor ever.
The AMD FX processor obtained a frequency of 8.429GHz beating the previous record of 8.309GHz. The record absolutely demolishes the average modern desktop or laptop computer which tends to range from 2GHz to 3GHz. 8 AMD FX processors managed to achieve speeds of up to 8.429GHz. It is an incredible achievement considering the processors were only dual core, which were slowly becoming obsolete in the home computer market.
A month ago expert overclocker Brian McLachlan was invited to AMD to see the overclocking potential of the FX processor. He then got working on testing the processors under extremely high voltage and cold temperatures. The processor was overclocked whilst liquid nitrogen at 180 degrees c was poured on it. `For those who don’t believe it, AMD released a video of the achievement:
The most important part to the average consumer was that the AMD FX is able to reach frequencies over 5GHz under standard conditions or below $100 water cooling equipment. This bodes well for the future of computer processors and will mean they will be much faster and efficient in the future.
Many of you may be asking what is overclocking? Overclocking is when you push a processor above its standard, recommended speeds until it can go no further and potentially dies. Many people do this as a hobby and use many cooling features in order to achieve top speeds, hence why liquid nitrogen was used with the AMD FX.
However overclokcing does void your CPU warranty and is not advisable to novices.