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AMD FX-series microprocessor has once again set the world's highest microprocessor clock-speed record. Previously, AMD's own specialists overclocked the microprocessor to 8429MHz, now an independent oveclocker has managed to increase frequency of the code-named Zambezi chip to 8461MHz, a new record.

Andre Yang, an overclocker from Taiwan, managed to beat the record set by a team of AMD overclockers, by 32.13MHz using Asus Crosshair V Formula mainboard. The record was set using a commercially available AMD FX-8150 eight-core processor with one Bulldozer module (2 cores) active  at 1.992V core voltage. As it usually happens, the overclocked processor could not be benchmarked, but Mr. Yang managed to submit CPU-Z results to CPU-Z Validator.

The FX-series of microprocessors from Advanced Micro Devices with up to eight cores have very high clock-speed potential, which is why some of such chips can hit 8GHz frequencies. Unfortunately, AMD does not bin its chips powered by Bulldozer micro-architecture for extreme clock-speeds, which is why FX family of products  cannot compete not only against Intel's Exteme-series central processing units, but also against performance-mainstream products in terms of compute performance.

Thanks to architectural peculiarities of AMD FX "Bulldozer" CPUs, it is logical to expect other overclockers to hit even higher frequencies in the coming months. Perhaps, the next B3 stepping of Zambezi or the next-generation Vishera microprocessors with Piledriver cores will even hit a new milestone: 9.0GHz.

Tags: AMD, FX, Zambezi, Bulldozer, 32nm, Orochi, Piledriver, Vishera


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I can see the sport in extreme overclocking, but it's fairly meaningless for the rest of us. 24/7 stable overclocks with sane cooling and power demands is much more interesting, at least to me. Even as an indicator of the potential of the chip it is at best limited; there's a big and unpredictable gap between what an individual chip can do under liquid helium and what an architecture and process can do on a commercial basis.
0 0 [Posted by: Prosthetic_Head  | Date: 11/01/11 07:54:58 AM]

Unfortunately, AMD does not bin its chips powered by Bulldozer micro-architecture for extreme clock-speeds, which is why FX family of products cannot compete not only against Intel's Exteme-series central processing units, but also against performance-mainstream products in terms of compute performance.

Another load of rubbish from Anton. Every AMD article ends on a negative note. Why doesn't Anton write about Intel's convictions for unending violations of anti-trust laws or for multiple U.S. tax fraud convictions?
4 5 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 11/01/11 08:07:35 AM]
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0 3 [Posted by: dudde  | Date: 11/01/11 10:36:32 AM]
That fine was practically nothing in terms of cost of running a semiconductor business, and it certainly wasn't close to the amount of money AMD lost as a result of Intel's practices.

Besides, the OEM shenanigans are still in full force. A quick perusing of indicates that they stock 87 laptops that you can buy in a store. 74 Intel and 13 AMD, despite Llano making an all-around better laptop.

I also have purchasing power at my job for buying corporate desktops, laptops and servers. For some reason, HP and Dell salespeople are both reluctant to sell you an AMD based system, even when you ask for one. The thing is, you can find AMD based systems on their websites, much like Dell has Ubuntu laptops for sale. Good luck buying one from them in real life.
0 2 [Posted by: dukie_bref  | Date: 11/01/11 03:53:41 PM]
That sentence you quoted doesn't even begin to make sense, it casts doubt on his knowledge of CPUs, period.

That makes it look more like the boss was putting pressure on him to spin AMD in a negative light, but he lacked the knowledge of CPUs and basic English speaking to deliver good results, which is why XBitlabs are not competitive with MIPs, in both performance and number of articles per second per year.
1 1 [Posted by: dukie_bref  | Date: 11/01/11 03:45:25 PM]

Aren't we suppose to have 10ghz stable clock speeds by now anyhow according to Intel due to netburst. LOL
1 1 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 11/01/11 08:08:05 AM]
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yes if we would use longer pipelines and have insane power consumption and cooling. or maybe just some organic transistors .
0 0 [Posted by: massau  | Date: 11/01/11 09:22:58 AM]
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0 3 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 11/01/11 09:27:50 AM]
that would be just as fast as a core I7 or the same speed as a phenom.
0 0 [Posted by: massau  | Date: 11/01/11 11:19:24 AM]
And your crapDOZERS Phenominal PHailures!
0 2 [Posted by: dudde  | Date: 11/01/11 01:20:01 PM]

Interesting to see how far technology can go. But result is a bit misleading, for real use I would prefer to have 8 cores at 3GHz than 2 at 8GHz.
0 0 [Posted by: popej  | Date: 11/02/11 06:52:57 AM]


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