Enthusiasts Overclock Intel’s Next-Generation “Ivy Bridge” to 7GHz

Early Results: Intel “Ivy Bridge” Capable of 100% Overclock Potential

by Anton Shilov
02/27/2012 | 07:13 AM

Intel Corp.’s next-generation code-named “Ivy Bridge” microprocessor is yet to be released, but performance enthusiasts have already managed not only to overclock the central processing unit, but managed to set a record: the unreleased chip was clocked at clock-speed that is two times higher than the default frequency.


According to Bright Side of News web-site, enthusiasts have managed to overclock quad-core Intel Core i7-3770K microprocessor from default 3.50GHz to whopping 7.063GHz. It is unclear what cooling system was used during the overclocking procedure, but the fact that an unreleased microprocessor can be overclocked by two times proves high potential of Ivy Bridge design.

The highest clock-speed ever achieved by a PC microprocessor is 8585MHz. Andre Yang has managed to ovcerclock an AMD FX microprocessor using Asus Crosshair V Formula mainboard and liquid nitrogen cooling system.

Ivy Bridge will generally inherit Sandy Bridge micro-architecture and will sport a rather significant number of improvements. Firstly, it will have certain improvements that will boost its performance in general applications by around 20% compared to Core i "Sandy Bridge" chips (e.g., enhanced AVX acceleration). Secondly, the forthcoming chip will have a new graphics core with DirectX 11 and OpenCL 1.1 support, 30% higher performance compared to the predecessor as well as new video processor and display controllers. Thirdly, Ivy Bridge will feature PCI Express 3.0 x16 interconnection as well as PCIe 2.0 x4 controller. In fourth, the processor will support a number of power management innovations. The CPU is made using 22nm process technology.