The embargoes have lifted on sharing performance metrics for NVIDIA's GeForce RTX cards, and if you haven't done so already, be sure to check our in-depth review of the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and 2080 (we also have a deep dive on Turing, if you're interested). One thing we didn't cover, however, is extreme overclocking—the Walmart clerk looked at us funny when we asked which aisle we could find liquid nitrogen. Someone else did, though, and set a new 3DMark world record in the process.
His name is Vince Lucido, though you might know him better as Kingpin (or K|NGP|N). For anyone is not familiar, Kingpin is an extreme overclocker who built his first PC in 2001, and began overclocking in 2003. There's an interview of Kingpin on NVIDIA's website where you can learn other fun facts, but to the point, he's the real deal.
Kingpin took a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card and stripped off its stock heatsink assembly, then attached an LN2 pot to the GPU and gave it a chilly bath. This allowed him to overclocked the GPU to 2,415MHz at a voltage of 1,068mV. He also goosed the memory to 8,658MHz (17,226MHz) effective. For reference, a stock clocked GeForce RTX 2080 Ti has a 1,350MHz base clock and either a 1,545MHz boost clock (reference) or 1,635MHz (Founders Edition).
Running at 2.4GHz is a giant speed boost. At that speed, he was initially able to score 18,892 in 3DMark, earning him the top spot. That was yesterday. A peek at 3DMark's database shows he was able to bump that score to 18,925, which is the fastest score ever for a single GPU setup in Time Spy.
The next highest score is 16,827, achieved on a Titan V (Volta). As for cards based on Pascal, the fastest single GPU score is 14,700, which belongs to a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.
Kingpin also inserted himself into the Hall of Fame rankings with top scores in Fire Strike Ultra (11,081), Fire Strike Extreme (21,421), and Fire Strike (38,704). He actually posted slightly higher scores in all three benchmarks on his Facebook page, but the numbers we've posted are the ones in 3DMark's database.
Source: Vince Lucido
Liquid nitrogen is not practical for day-to-day use, obviously. However, you can think of these things as speed runs on the race track, with modified cars. From an enthusiast standpoint, it's interesting to see what the pros can achieve when thermal constraints are removed from the equation. In this case, it's a bunch of world records in 3DMark.