What do you get when you mix a Bulldozer CPU with liquid nitrogen? One hell of an overclock!
AMD claims to have set a new Guinness world record in the category of 'Highest Frequency of a Computer Processor' with one of its forthcoming Bulldozer processors.
Bulldozer is the codename for what will soon be known as the FX range of processors that AMD is due to launch later this year.
A team of AMD engineers led by the charming Sami Makinen used a combination of LN2
(liquid nitrogen) and liquid helium to cool the Bulldozer CPU to below -180˚C and managed to snag a verified CPU-Z screenshot
at an astounding 8.429GHz.
To put this into context, the previous world record, set by the Latvian overclocker Tapakah, stood at 8.309GHz, achieved on a single-core Intel Celeron D 352.
Not only is the incredible frequency achieved by AMD a great indication of the overclocking potential of Bulldozer, but it also shows that the chip doesn't necessarily suffer from the cold bugs that often plague modern CPUs.
'The record-breaking processor speed that resides in the AMD FX CPU clearly demonstrates performance gains for the new AMD Bulldozer multi-core architecture,'
commented AMD's corporate vice president and general manager of its client group, Chris Cloran. 'Along with world-record frequencies, the AMD FX processor will enable an unrivalled enthusiast PC experience for the money.'
AMD has still yet to publicly announce the release date for its range of FX processors based on the Bulldozer architecture, but in the meantime you can watch the official AMD video of its overclocking record and let us know your thoughts in the forum