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i7 965 chip hits 5.5GHz

i7 965 chip hits 5.5GHz

The verified CPU-Z information provided by duck proves a 72 percent overclock to 5.5GHz for the i7 Extreme 965.

Wondering just how far Intel's new i7 processor range can be pushed? The answer might just have you weeping into your watercooling tower before checking on that second mortgage.

Asus has announced that inveterate Japanese overclocker duck has managed to get Intel's latest i7 Extreme 965 processor to a staggering 5.5GHz from its stock speed of 3.2GHz.

Although not as impressive as his earlier achievement of getting a Pentium 4 631 to an eye-watering 8.2GHz last year, the i7's significantly better performance per clock cycle means that he's possibly in possession of the fastest single-processor x86 desktop in existence.

If you're wondering why Asus has made the announcement, rest assured it's not merely because the company knows cool when it sees it: the claim is that duck's achievement is due in no small part to his use of the company's ROG Rampage II Extreme motherboard, which provides “overclocking-oriented features” including – bizarrely – a “joystick-like control on the motherboard [that] allows overclockers to make real-time changes to their systems' core frequency, voltage and other parameters – even while the benchmark utility is running.

For the doubters among you, a validated CPU-Z score is provided demonstrating that the phenomenal speed of 5510.09MHz was obtained using a 190MHz bus speed with a 29x clock multiplier.

While the 72 percent increase in clock speed is pretty amazing, it's still early days for Intel's latest and greatest – and I would imagine we'll be seeing much more from these processors before long.

Has this achievement finally settled you on wanting an i7 chip, or are you still holding out for a Phenom II? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Burnout21 4th December 2008, 14:00 Quote
That just insane
Paradigm Shifter 4th December 2008, 14:05 Quote
Very, very impressive! I'm still waiting for Phenom II, though, mostly because it's cheaper. The mobo and RAM cost way less than an X58 + DDR3, even if the PII 940 costs the same as an i7 920.
Bauul 4th December 2008, 14:09 Quote
Pfft, that's nothing. Get 5.5GHz with a 486 and I'll be impressed.
WildTangent 4th December 2008, 14:09 Quote
Any word on how much power it consumes?
thefriscokid 4th December 2008, 14:33 Quote
I thought it was team italy that oc the p4 to 8.2Ghz?
Skiddywinks 4th December 2008, 14:39 Quote
LINK TO A P4 AT 8.2GHZ PLEASE.

0_o
Floyd 4th December 2008, 15:04 Quote
Still doesnt make me want an i7 just yet...
Goty 4th December 2008, 15:05 Quote
So I'm assuming that this was on LN2 or a cascade system, but does anyone know for sure?
[USRF]Obiwan 4th December 2008, 15:38 Quote
Waiting for a BT review of the motherboard :D
HourBeforeDawn 4th December 2008, 23:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by Paradigm Shifter
Very, very impressive! I'm still waiting for Phenom II, though, mostly because it's cheaper. The mobo and RAM cost way less than an X58 + DDR3, even if the PII 940 costs the same as an i7 920.

ya me too, Im sitting on the 9950be with ASUS latest board, cant wait to get my hands on the Phenom II ^__^
n3mo 5th December 2008, 03:26 Quote
Unimpressive, Phenom II went all the way up to 6GHz. And Intel's pricing is a complete, insane bullcrap. I don't think I will be getting i7 at all, completely not worth it.
Slyr7.62 5th December 2008, 03:50 Quote
Not enough bang for the buck. I have a E8400 and my next cpu will probably be a Q9650 or similar, basically to have 4 cores instead of 2.
outlawaol 6th December 2008, 19:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by Slyr7.62
Not enough bang for the buck. I have a E8400 and my next cpu will probably be a Q9650 or similar, basically to have 4 cores instead of 2.

Correct me if Im wrong, but the i7's are quad by design. I think having a quad core with eight threads running at 5.5ghz is very impressive. I'd say give the i7 enough time and it'll be as cheap as the Qxxx's are now.

:)
Ending Credits 6th December 2008, 20:14 Quote
Phenom II @ 6Ghz NB: Not really confirmed.

190x29 made me laugh though. A FSB or 190 isn't that impressive ASUS.

It all comes down to how the 940 competes with the 920 IMO.
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