Thursday, November 20th 2008

Phenom II X4 Overclocks to 6.00 GHz on LN2

During an event by AMD held at its facility in Austin, Texas, the engineers took an engineering sample of the unreleased Deneb core based Phenom II X4, installed a copper-pot for liquid nitrogen cooling, and dropped the operational temperature to -185 °C. They then jacked up the vCore to 1.90V, to facilitate a clock speed of over 6.00 GHz!

At this point the exact frequency isn't known. Cameras weren't allowed at the event, and so no clear pictures were taken. Earlier the company had released slides to its channel contacts, telling that Phenom II would overclock very well, and 24x7 overclocks beyond 3.60 GHz on air didn't sound unreal. At the same event, AMD showcased Deneb chips doing 4.00 GHz with air-cooling (with vCore set at 1.6V).


Sources: NordicHardware, Legit Reviews
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111 Comments on Phenom II X4 Overclocks to 6.00 GHz on LN2

#1

awesome news, lets see how fast they are than intel quad cores .
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#2
mechtech
I wonder what it will do at low power, say 1.25V, then i can run it on solar lol
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#3
ShadowFold
Isn't this the record for multi cores? I know this isn't really official as there is no validation but if there was wouldn't it be?
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#4
panchoman
Sold my stars!
the thing is though, core i7 can clock around there too, and it can beat a phenom clock to clock. but this is a huge step for amd!
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HTC
by: wolf2009
ya but this is news.

anyways awesome news, lets see how fast they are than intel quad cores .
by: btarunr
Submitting news is the better thing to do, though it doesn't stop me from putting things up on the front-page.
I just wanted to put the other discussion here: no point in saying the same thing in 2 different threads, no?

Besides, it's much easier to search in "News" section then in "Overclocking & Cooling".

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by: panchoman
the thing is though, core i7 can clock around there too, and it can beat a phenom clock to clock. but this is a huge step for amd!
Are you referring to Phenom II? Where did you see benches of this?
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by: panchoman
the thing is though, core i7 can clock around there too, and it can beat a phenom clock to clock. but this is a huge step for amd!
amd doesn't need to be faster than Core i7

Core i7 is not going to have a market share of more than 2% until Q3 2009 when Intel starts shipping p55/Lynnfield.

AMD P-II only needs to be faster than Intel Quad Penryns . Thats where the mainstream lies and that is where most money will be made from OEM's.

I suggest reading this



Nehalem Part 3: The Cache Debate, LGA-1156 and the 32nm Future
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#8
DaMulta
My stars went supernova
IF AMD released a dual cpu board with DDR 3. I think it would out run a i7 machine.

8 real cores, and memory controller on the cpu.....
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: DaMulta
IF AMD released a dual cpu board with DDR 3. I think it would out run a i7 machine.

8 real cores, and memory controller on the cpu.....
That was long-term plan. To resurrect the FX line using DSDC, and give out something similar to dual Athlon64 FX 74. Dual Windsors scaled terribly over DSDC, with even a Phenom 9500 walking all over it, so it remains to be seen if a dual Deneb matches an i7.
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#10
Para_Franck
But why is the overclocking potential so important? just release a 4.0Ghz stock clock already, even if does not overclock much over stock....
(Should I be asking this knowing that my X2 5600+ runs at 3.3Ghz)
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#11
AphexDreamer
by: Para_Franck
But why is the overclocking potential so important? just release a 4.0Ghz stock clock already, even if does not overclock much over stock....
(Should I be asking this knowing that my X2 5600+ runs at 3.3Ghz)
Yeah but then they Could charge you more for it and if not that, they would be losing money if they were to sell a 4.0Ghz CPU at the price of what they will soon sell to be 3.0Ghz one.
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#12
DaMulta
My stars went supernova
by: Para_Franck
But why is the overclocking potential so important? just release a 4.0Ghz stock clock already, even if does not overclock much over stock....
(Should I be asking this knowing that my X2 5600+ runs at 3.3Ghz)
For the fun.

It's hobby for a lot of people. Most people that do this as a hobby can't afford to go that extreme, but would if it was cheaper.:toast:

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Miss read your post. It's because Intel knows that AMD can not do it. They can sell all their chips at 3.0ghz now. If AMD released a chip that was clocked at 4.0Ghz, Intel would release one the very next day.

It's all about the money.
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#13
Noggrin
Nice, mb now amd will finally beat the old Q6600..:laugh:

If its close to the 45nm intel quad-cores would be cool.. :toast:
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#14
suraswami
by: Para_Franck
But why is the overclocking potential so important? just release a 4.0Ghz stock clock already, even if does not overclock much over stock....
(Should I be asking this knowing that my X2 5600+ runs at 3.3Ghz)
Thats called bragging rights just like all the camp jumpers do.

But 6ghz :respect::rockout:

Go AMD Go :rockout:
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#15
AlCabone
by: DaMulta
For the fun.

It's because Intel knows that AMD can not do it. They can sell all their chips at 3.0ghz now. If AMD released a chip that was clocked at 4.0Ghz, Intel would release one the very next day.

It's all about the money.
Actually Intel can't do that either within reasonable power envelops.
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#16
DaMulta
My stars went supernova
by: AlCabone
Actually Intel can't do that either within reasonable power envelops.
They(Intel) are fixing to release a dual cpu skulltrail x58 board;)

That works with ddr3:toast:

____

I'm losing it....be ___ the power usage. Intel could release a 4Ghz QX9650 today if they wanted to.

Not everyone cares about being green:) Some only care about what can it do.
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#17
wiak
by: panchoman
the thing is though, core i7 can clock around there too, and it can beat a phenom clock to clock. but this is a huge step for amd!
well, a i7+mb+mem combo is around $1000, phenomII+mb+mem combo is around $480
so i dont think amd aims to be the fastest, they are just doing HD 4870 again, if you cant beat them, be cheaper and have awesome performace for price
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#18
Disruptor4
That's nuts! Can't wait to see actual validation etc so that it's an official fastest clock, yes?
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#19
DaC
It's a market thing...

Veeeeeeeeeeeery nice!!! I pretty much understand this move..... Well we, enthusiasts, are not a big part of the computer market share..... Most of guys here disgrace a64 x2 and phenom because it got a poor overclock potential compared to Core 2 and we do that even knowing that on price/performance ratio AMD cpus (most of them), are neck to neck on most cases to Core 2.........
So, to the normal computer user that won't overclock (more than 90% for sure) AMD or Intel are both as good as (When Intel was losing with NETbrust it choose investing in propaganda while AMD against Core 2 choose price/performance ratio to keep competitive). So which company I love most ? AMD! Which one I'm using ATM ? Intel...... You see, we can be 10% or less, but all these sites around are made by enthusiasts guys that says the same: AMD don't overclock: BAD..... intel overclocks: Good......... and people read it..... sum it up to we guys telling to our friends and paratens that don't understand about acomputers to buy Intel, almost only based on overclock potential.... I lost count on how much people already asked me to build a computer for them or that bought a computer/notebook based on my oppinion....... so I'm a overclocker and I'm not just one costumer, I'm much more than this because people buy their computer based on my oppinion of which one is the best now...... then my friend tells to a friend that tells to his friends and things keeps going...........................
Get the point ? Overclockers, enthusiasts are a key consumer to AMD or Intel.....
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#20
tonyd223
Overclocked AM3 - errr, how?

Ok, I so want to believe this - that AMD are back in the game with a competitive by performance and price product. Of course there is an issue with the motherboards - custompc.co.uk tested a load recently and the AM2 boards tended to blow up!

And my socket 939 stuff is getting so old now...
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#22
tkpenalty
has anyone noticed AMD's performance on the stock markets?
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#23
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: tkpenalty
has anyone noticed AMD's performance on the stock markets?
It's going down.
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#24
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
Yeah so this looks pretty good, but thats what they said about the last Phenoms. They were far from Phenomenal.
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#25
zithe
by: PVTCaboose1337
Yeah so this looks pretty good, but thats what they said about the last Phenoms. They were far from Phenomenal.
Is that a pun? XD

I'm excited.
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