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Japanese Overclocker Throws Cautions to the Wind, OCs Llano to 5.87GHz

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News Posted: Fri, Dec 30 2011 1:53 PM
There are different levels of overclocking. On the bottom end, a person might choose to crank things up a few MHz for a modest performance boost without really taxing their cooling setup or complimentary components. A few levels up you have the folks who invest in high end cooling and cherry components to handle aggressive OCs, and at the extreme end of the spectrum there are the ones who attempt suicide runs simply for the thrill, or to set world records, stability be damned. A Japanese overclocker employed by Overclock Works attempted the latter, taking an AMD A8-3870K Black Edition processor all the way to 5.87GHz.


Source: Akiba PC Hotline

That's almost twice the processor's stock speed, and to get there, the overclocker had to keep a steady stream of liquid nitrogen flowing to keep things chilly, especially since he jacked up the core voltage to a gut wrenching 1.872V.

According to the person responsible, the insane overclock is "probably the world's best," and we won't argue his assumption. Although it is worth mentioning that he was unable to run any benchmarks, which isn't surprising since the goal was to overclock the chip as high as it would go regardless of whether it was stable or not.
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Inspector replied on Fri, Dec 30 2011 2:40 PM

lol, so the system booted up then shutoff? :D Bench it!... lol

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Pretty nuts... kamikaze move on that poor piece of silicone.

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Nice, I would love to be able to do that for the fun of it. 

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realneil replied on Fri, Dec 30 2011 8:54 PM

I was reading this on my A8-3850 System (3.7GHz.) and it ~shut down~ in sympathy for it's toasted brother.

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AKwyn replied on Fri, Dec 30 2011 10:15 PM

Damn... Now that's showing how far a processor can do. I feel like those processors who can reach their stable max deserve more respect; again, it's interesting but overclocking including benchmarking is definately the way to go.

 

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Super Dave replied on Fri, Dec 30 2011 11:53 PM

At the very least I would expect it to run Super Pi! 

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CDeeter replied on Sat, Dec 31 2011 10:47 AM

Ok, I maybe a moron, but how in the world do they get away with all that frost on the motherboard? Why doesn't it short everything out?

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realneil replied on Sat, Dec 31 2011 1:26 PM

CDeeter:
Ok, I maybe a moron, but how in the world do they get away with all that frost on the motherboard? Why doesn't it short everything out?

It's a good question, and one that a 'moron' would never think to ask. You're no moron.

They use insulating material to keep the wet from contacting the board. Sometimes they blow it and a short happens. But these guys usually have a tray with many CPU's, a stack of many mainboards, many sticks of RAM, many spare parts to keep them going in their quest for the record.

Many CPU's don't do as well with overclocking as ~a select few~ do.

Part of what they're doing is using different ones hoping to find one that is better than all of the rest. Then they get their record to crow about.

 

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CDeeter replied on Sat, Dec 31 2011 10:28 PM

Ah, that makes sense. Sounds like a expensive hobby, but fun too!

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realneil replied on Sun, Jan 1 2012 11:37 AM

They're usually backed by sponsors who fund it all. If he breaks any world records, they get to crow about their hardware being so fantastic to the world, until someone else breaks that record.

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