AMD Phenom II TWKR Black Edition Processor - HotHardware

AMD Phenom II TWKR Black Edition Processor

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Within the enthusiast scene, there exists an elite group of overclockers who push the limits of hardware to the breaking point. With the help of phase change coolers, dry ice, liquid nitrogen and even liquid helium, these enthusiasts achieve the seemingly impossible. In this world, maximum frequencies and world records are the motivation behind the countless hours spent modding and tweaking PC hardware.

AMD recognized the blood, sweat, and tears that extreme overclockers put into their hobby by creating a very special, limited edition processor made specifically for them. The Phenom II X4 TWKR Black Edition processor is a hand picked CPU that performs above and beyond the normal parameters we're accustomed to seeing from the Phenom II line. Under the extremely low temps supplied by LN2 or LHe cooling, these chips are said to yield monster overclocks. 

So what's the catch? First of all, AMD only made a few TWKR chips due to the extraordinary traits of of the product. So don't expect to find any at your favorite online retailer cause the TWKR is not currently for sale. At this time, they are distributed directly by AMD. Another disadvantage is the lack of warranty coverage on this product. Once its broken, that's all she wrote. At any rate, HotHardware recently got a chance to test out the TWKR and throw it on the test bench for some sub-zero overclocking. 


AMD Phenom II X4 TWKR Black Edition Processor

 HotHardware's Test System
 The Ultimate AMD Platform For Overclockers

AMD Phenom II X4 TWKR
(Black Edition Quad-Core)

Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P
(AMD 790FX Chipset)

2x1GB Kingston DDR3-2000

CL 7-7-7-20 - DDR3-1600

Radeon HD 4870X2
Quad CrossFire

Patriot TorqX 128GB SSD
Solid Statte Disk

CPU Pot
Koolance CPU LN2 Evaporator

Cooling: Dry Ice
Approx. -60 C

Windows Vista Ultimate
ATI Catalyst v9.6




   

Preparing your system for sub-zero cooling is a bit more involved than the typical air cooled or liquid cooled setup. The CPU socket area will be subjected to freezing temperatures and requires insulation to prevent damage from condensation. We used a couple of packs of art eraser and filled in the area around the CPU. While there are several techniques to choose from, but we prefer this method due to the effectiveness and easy removal of the eraser from the board. The insulation process seals the motherboard's components from moisture and is a mandatory step for those who use phase change, LN2, or dry ice. Before placing the insulated pot on the TWKR, we also laid down a couple layers of fabric to absorb any moisture around the socket.

Unfortunately, were not able to get a hold of any liquid nitrogen or helium, so we benched with dry ice. But, as you can see in the screen shot above, we were able to maintain temps in the - 50' C to - 60' C range throughout testing.
 

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Thats some sexy overclocking.

That clear pot in the video is kick ass too.

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 * Crisis Causer wants.  Just pushing it as far as I can on air would be more than satisfying.

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It's pretty cool that HH gets to test one of these even though there are only around 100 in existence Big Smile

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Yeah good job on getting hold of one of those!

The clear pot is pretty cool (lol), but the music in the video is a bit silly... I mean, c'mon, it's not life or death!

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     I attempted to get in touch with AMD on one of these. I was able to talk to someone, however; it seems that being a long time supporter of AMD, whose desktop's both still run there processor's, and who has used them for years as well as built several systems for family members and paying customers using there technology is not high enough on there register of importance. They basically would not even give me any information at all other than it does exist which I already knew.

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Yeah. I dont think any of us are going to get are hands on one. I think they want people that will generate press with them.

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bob_on_the_cob:

Yeah. I dont think any of us are going to get are hands on one. I think they want people that will generate press with them.

 

Well BOB that would be all of us here at HH would,nt it! Amd needs to give us all one and Im sure we,ll all makes some noise for the press!LOL I know I would be all over U Tube and be post my 3D Mark scores all over the place!LOL Now if Raid shows up with one then we know he,s got money! HA HA LOL and then I would be jealous!Zip it!

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     Yeah, it seems Loyalty or good customers in general mean nothing to AMD. Lol anyone (especially someone who posts daily on tech forums) like us would generate good press for AMD. I use X2 processors on my desktops now, and have built many systems for friend's, family and paying customers using an AMD platform. I always saw them as a great cost performance avenue. You hear a lot of people talk about the I7 cpu platforms; and to tell you the truth price wise there is only a 1-200.00 dollar difference price wise now. Seeing as loyalty means nothing maybe I will go Intel on my next build, as supporting a company (as I have for years with AMD) means nothing to them. So why should it mean anything to me as a consumer???

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rapid1:
     Yeah, it seems Loyalty or good customers in general mean nothing to AMD. Lol anyone (especially someone who posts daily on tech forums) like us would generate good press for AMD. I use X2 processors on my desktops now,

 

Maybe we can get Marco and Dave to get AMD to send us all one they got the Pull around here! Then we will have the Longest Thread forum reveiw ever put the chip through the ringer and then all of us can post it on HH and U-Tube and then they will get there advertizing and promote the new chips for them and save all that cash on advertizing! Sounds good to me!!

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lol. I wouldn't mind throwing one of those under my water loop and see if I can bet that 4GHz in the review.

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