Wednesday, November 26th 2008

Intel to Retaliate to AMD Phenom II Overclocking Feat, Plans Demonstration at CES '09

Intel plans its own public demonstration of the overclocking capabilities of the Core i7 processors. This, in response to rival AMD achieving an overclock of well beyond 5.00 GHz, and booting at speeds above 6.00 GHz. The engineers at Intel reportedly carried out a large-scale binning of Core i7 processors, to cherry-pick the best performing part. The scale of binning could well be best of 100,000 units.

A chief engineer at Intel, Francoise Piednoel expressed his reservations regarding the 6.00 GHz overclocking feat AMD carried out with its upcoming Phenom II X4 processor last week, saying that the overclocking capabilities of the Phenom II X4 demonstrated do not reflect those of release-grade products, and cannot be replicated in a real-world setting. AMD may have disabled several sensors on the cherry-picked chip used in its demonstration, which facilitated that overclock. In response to this, Intel would be disabling the same sensors, in its special demonstration chip. The demo could be held at CES 2009. The professional overclocker chosen to achieve this feat would be none other than FUGGER from XtremeSystems. FUGGER could be set the task of taking the most desirable, binned Core i7 965 Extreme Edition chip all the way up to a stellar 7.00 GHz, if all goes well.

Sources: XtremeSystems, Chile Hardware
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83 Comments on Intel to Retaliate to AMD Phenom II Overclocking Feat, Plans Demonstration at CES '09

#1
Wile E
Power User
Man, I wish I was in his shoes.
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#2

7.00GHz.... that would be a beast.

Let the war begin :D
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#3
ShadowFold
I love package. Just screams "Godly Chip".
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#4
_jM
I cant wait to see that happen, maybe by then they will be able to reach speeds well past the 7ghz mark..maybe.
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#6
TheGuruStud
LOL, this will be LN2 only.

Unless they like to catch the bench tables on fire haha
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#7
[I.R.A]_FBi
Intel to Retaliate to AMD Phenom II Overclocing
fix clock
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#8
imperialreign
I'm just gonna say it now . . .

but, if the new Intel chip fails to meet their hoped-for mark . . . I think I'll end up soaking myself laughing.

notice - I'm not saying it isn't possible or won't happen . . . but if the irony strikes . . .
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#9
a111087
how in the world would he know for sure what AMD did to their chips behind the scenes, if they did anything at all.
we already have core i7 in stores and well know how it clocks, so that 7 ghz will not mean much
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#10
erocker
by: ShadowFold
I love package. Just screams "Godly Chip".
That got me to thinking. With these uber-binned chips, Intel should put a polished IHS on them. People would instantly know what they are and it would increase it's value even more. Plus, it would be darn cool.
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#11
ShadowFold
by: erocker
That got me to thinking. With these uber-binned chips, Intel should put a polished IHS on them. People would instantly know what they are and it would increase it's value even more. Plus, it would be darn cool.
Something like this?
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#12
OnBoard
So, there we have the best ever i7 and Intel will publicly destroy it and even pay for it (doubt he'll have to do it for free). Give it to me, I'll read it bed time stories and tug it in every night :)
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#14
philbrown23
I bet he'll even get to keep the chip I know I would want to, He'll probably do his famous break 6 records in 2 minutes act again.
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#15
Fitseries3
Eleet Hardware Junkie
as long as the runaway amp problem doesnt plague him i think 6ghz is possible with a 965ee if not more.
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#16
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: ShadowFold
Something like this?
Something that's already lapped. Mirror-finish.
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#17
Hayder_Master
what happened there they forget the original clocks and challenge about overclock , the stock clock must be first option , not everyone have liquid nitrogen in his kitchen
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#18
ShinyG
AMD managed to poke the sleeping Intel monster with a sharp stick :))
Good, we could see "action" again next year. We desperately need this competition to keep prices down!
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#19
DaedalusHelios
I hope it goes very well for them or the i7 prices will remain stagnant...... :(
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#20
HTC
by: btarunr
A chief engineer at Intel, Francoise Piednoel expressed his reservations regarding the 6.00 GHz overclocking feat AMD carried out with its upcoming Phenom II X4 processor last week, saying that the overclocking capabilities of the Phenom II X4 demonstrated do not reflect those of release-grade products, and cannot be replicated in a real-world setting. AMD may have disabled several sensors on the cherry-picked chip used in its demonstration, which facilitated that overclock. In response to this, Intel would be disabling the same sensors, in its special demonstration chip. The demo could be held at CES 2009. The professional overclocker chosen to achieve this feat would be none other than FUGGER from XtremeSystems. FUGGER could be set the task of taking the most desirable, binned Core i7 965 Extreme Edition chip all the way up to a stellar 7.00 GHz, if all goes well.
The only thing i find wrong with this is when they say they have reservations regarding PII's achievable OC with real-world settings but talk about a very special binned chip for their own record-breaking OC tests.

How do they know if the PII tests had anything different then a "regular" engineering sample, much like those of i7 that were posted before the chip came out?
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#21
DrunkenMafia
AMD may have disabled several sensors on the cherry-picked chip used in its demonstration, which facilitated that overclock. In response to this, Intel would be disabling the same sensors, in its special demonstration chip.

LOL

AMD MAY have disabled the sensors so we ARE going to. :laugh:
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#22
HTC
by: DrunkenMafia
AMD may have disabled several sensors on the cherry-picked chip used in its demonstration, which facilitated that overclock. In response to this, Intel would be disabling the same sensors, in its special demonstration chip.

LOL

AMD MAY have disabled the sensors so we ARE going to. :laugh:
My point exactly.
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#23
Mad-Matt
Did I just read that Intel are openly gonna cheat with a special demo cpu because they believe amd MAY have used a special demo cpu ? ;)
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#24
soldier242
oh well we'll see what happens .... but i'm not sure about the whole special picked/altered chips, either ... sounds kinda fishy to me
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#25
robmuld
Intel is desperate

HHAHHAHAAH! I love it that the monopoly-abusing jerks are running scared because their overpriced new platform can't go beyond 5GHz without cheating. :laugh:

It would be fun if a hardware review site replicates the 6GHz number with a retail Phenom 2 from Newegg! Now that would humiliate Intel wouldn't it? :D
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