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Mystery Intel 6-core CPU overclocked to 4GHz

Mystery Intel 6-core CPU overclocked to 4GHz

windwithme demonstrates Gulftown support on Gigabyte's latest GA-X58A-UD7 motherboard

bit-tech forum member windwithme, who's based out in Taipei, Taiwan, has got his hands on Gigabyte's latest GA-X58A-UD7 motherboard and tested it with USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps hardware. In among the many, fantastic pictures and BIOS screenshots though, we noticed he was using Intel's latest 6-core Gulftown CPU and overclocking the nuts off it!

Armed with an early B1 engineering sample, he has overclocked from the stock 2.4GHz to 4GHz (23x175MHz baseclock) on all 6-cores and 12-threads, with the triple channel memory running at an incredible 2,100MHz CL8 8-8-24 1T.

His overclocked results include:
  • Sandra Memory Bandwidth - 30925 MB/s
  • EVEREST Memory Read - 21274 MB/s
  • Hyper 12 X PI 32M - 14m 53.289s
  • CPUMARK 99 - 620
  • CINEBENCH R10:
    1 CPU - 5662
    x CPU - 31983
  • PCMark Vantage:
    GTX260 SLI 2WAY - 20313
    GTX260 SLI 3WAY - 27205
He continues on in his comments about the 12-thread CPU, that the software is often the limitation - the benchmarks are not threaded enough leading to a decrease in performance on occasion. Since no 6-core products yet formally exist on the market, no doubt this will improve in future software revisions.

Mystery Intel 6-core CPU overclocked to 4GHz Intel 6-core hits 4GHz, shows benchmarks
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While we don't necessarily agree with his conclusions about the Gigabyte board from a technical perspective, his coverage is impressive so if you want to see much more, check out the forum thread!

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ChaosDefinesOrder 25th January 2010, 12:32 Quote
That is going to be one hell of an expensive processor!
woodss 25th January 2010, 12:41 Quote
totally epic...
LeMaltor 25th January 2010, 12:43 Quote
Just what I've been waiting for :D
scawp 25th January 2010, 12:45 Quote
Will it run crysis on high??? (sorry someone had to say it)
l3v1ck 25th January 2010, 12:51 Quote
Impressive, very impressive.
[PUNK] crompers 25th January 2010, 12:56 Quote
"but dont worry the benchmarks will run 12 threads soon" not bothered about benchmarks tbh, real life? cant see it being useful for a home setup for a while.
Omnituens 25th January 2010, 13:02 Quote
Question - how was 3-way SLI done on it when gigabyte insist on putting the last PCI-e slot at the bottom so that you cant use a double slot card there? Was it done outside a case?
Cupboard 25th January 2010, 13:16 Quote
You can get cases that allow for that - my Stacker has enough space and any E-ATX cases would too.
Omnituens 25th January 2010, 13:25 Quote
my 840 Classic supports E-ATX but can't fit a dual slot card in the lowest slot... beginning to think I bought the wrong case now :/
rjkoneill 25th January 2010, 13:43 Quote
oh right - is the nda up then?

and 4ghz?

really? that is slightly fail if i am being honest
andrew8200m 25th January 2010, 14:09 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by rjkoneill
oh right - is the nda up then?

and 4ghz?

really? that is slightly fail if i am being honest

Its a 2.4ghz chip, the retail one according the the "propsed" intel road mad is a chip called the X980 thats clocked at 3.33ghz. I should expect 5ghz of goodness from that chip is not more

Andy
Lizard 25th January 2010, 14:10 Quote
No, the NDA is still valid, which is why I can't you what speed we've got our later stepping Gulftowns overclocked to...
rjkoneill 25th January 2010, 14:43 Quote
5ghz will not be hard imo
the clarkdales can do it so this will do it

24/7 i am guessing around 4.4/4.5ghz being the top end clock just like the bloomfields

if the nda is still up, why do people persist in posting results?

what happens when intel decide not to send out ES chips because of NDA breaches
GravitySmacked 25th January 2010, 17:15 Quote
Better start saving up.
Farfalho 25th January 2010, 17:27 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by scawp
Will it run crysis on high??? (sorry someone had to say it)

If it wasn't you, it would be another one xD

Now now, since crysis isn't much cpu, let's save it for the fermentation card (it's all gases)
leexgx 26th January 2010, 00:06 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Omnituens
Question - how was 3-way SLI done on it when gigabyte insist on putting the last PCI-e slot at the bottom so that you cant use a double slot card there? Was it done outside a case?

any case that has 8 pci slots will support 3-way SLI (antec 902 does but the bigger brother 1200 does not, TK Armor+ has 10)
Landy_Ed 26th January 2010, 08:56 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by crompers
"but dont worry the benchmarks will run 12 threads soon" not bothered about benchmarks tbh, real life? cant see it being useful for a home setup for a while.

depends what you do at home! & while the domestic market is large, there are other markets out there that are also profitable for Intel that could use such tech right now.
Omnituens 26th January 2010, 13:06 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by leexgx
any case that has 8 pci slots will support 3-way SLI (antec 902 does but the bigger brother 1200 does not, TK Armor+ has 10)

Damn, the 840 only has 7 dispite being huge! Not chuffed about that!

I sense a mod moment coming up. Where's my hammer?
Cyberpower-UK 28th January 2010, 13:22 Quote
Aw bless, 4GHz....

Nice board but I prefer ASUS

Try 180x25 for 4.5GHz for benching, 4.25 for 24/7 stable on good air for a Dream PC beating CPC bench score.
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