While out at an event in AMD’s Austin offices a couple of weeks back, we got a chance to get up close and personal with the company’s upcoming Bulldozer-based FX-line of processors. Many of the details disclosed at the event are still under embargo, but AMD is allowing a bit of a sneak peek with today’s Guinness World Record announcement.
One of the demos at AMD’s HQ consisted of an array of overclocked FX processors, using various cooling methods, including air, water, and phase-change hardware. But the real star of the event was a liquid-nitrogen / liquid-helium setup that allowed AMD’s overclocking team to push a pre-release AMD FX-8150 processor to well over 8GHz, setting a world record for modern processor frequency in the process.
A handful of the AMD FX-8150 overclocking demos at AMD HQ
AMD’s goals with the overclocking demo were two-fold; to show that there was good frequency headroom in the chips, even at this relatively early stage of production, and to see if FX processors suffered from any “cold-bugs” when run at extreme, low temperatures. What we saw at the event was early FX processors running at around 5GHz with high-end air and water-cooling, in the 6GHz range with phase-change, and well over 8GHz on liquid-nitrogen and liquid-helium. Voltages of over 1.9v were used as well for some of the more extreme tests.
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