In a nutshell: Overclockers are a curious bunch. Much like automotive fanatics, they’re obsessive about squeezing absolutely the most efficiency out of a given piece of {hardware} or platform, even when it means going past what’s sensible or environment friendly.

Renowned German overclocker Roman “der8auer” Hartung not too long ago revisited an outdated CPU to see if a more moderen motherboard and a voltage controller may assist him squeeze much more efficiency out of his already spectacular AMD FX-8350 processor.

The explicit CPU der8auer used got here from his personal private assortment – a chip he purchased himself and describes as the most effective samples he had ever seen. As you seemingly know, not all CPUs are created equal, even when they arrive from the identical wafer. Such distinctive performers – manufacturing facility freaks – are extremely wanted by overclockers because of the additional headroom they could afford.

This time round, der8auer used an Asus 970 Pro Gaming / Aura motherboard alongside Corsair Vengeance 2,666MHz DDR3 reminiscence and an Elmore EVC2 PCB which let him manually tweak voltages.

Extreme overclocker pushes dated AMD FX-8350 beyond 8.1GHz

Things obtained off to a rocky begin, nonetheless, because the processor obtained caught to the inventory cooler and making an attempt to take away it from the socket resulted in some bent pins (been there, achieved that). Fortunately, he was in a position to bend the pins again in place utilizing a tiny screwdriver and proceed on with testing.

Once confirming every little thing was golden, der8auer prepped and insulated the motherboard and put in a liquid nitrogen cooler then began pushing issues. In the tip, he obtained as much as 8,127MHz (single core) at a core voltage of 1.920V at almost -180 levels Celsius. It’s not a world record or something but it surely’s nonetheless very spectacular given the chip’s age. At these temperatures, the stress on the {hardware} is obvious because the motherboard began to warp.

Curiously sufficient, when conducting a Cinebench R15 single-core run at round 7.5GHz, the CPU solely turned in a rating of 172 factors which is simply barely sooner than an Intel Core i7-4770Ok CPU.

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