der8auer and Asus took a Ryzen 7 2700X to 6 GHz

Champion overclocker der8auer has done it again. This time around, he's been using and abusing one of AMD's Ryzen 7 2700X CPUs, and his efforts have yielded him what is currently the highest-recorded clock speed on a Ryzen CPU yet: a whole 6 GHz. As you no doubt expect, that number was achieved using liquid nitrogen as the cooling medium and a scorching CPU core voltage of 1.85 V.

The motherboard that der8auer used is the Asus Crosshair VII Hero, although during the record-breaking event he ripped almost every identifying feature off it. The video above shows the process of preparing for the record-setting event in great detail. Der8auer's crew tried to break the Cinebench R15 world record—currently set at 2739 points, using a Core i7-7820—but topped out at 2627. The group did break the Geekbench 3 world record, though, setting a new multi-core record of 50804.

According to der8auer, the new CPUs allow tweakers to overclock by setting XFR clocks, much like you would overclock by adjusting turbo bins on an Intel CPU. This method of overclocking is usually better than forcing a high base clock multiplier because you can end up with a high all-core speed without sacrificing your top-end single-core speed. His recommendation for folks overclocking on air or liquid cooling is to stick to around 1.2-1.3 V core voltage, and to shoot for around a 4.1-GHz all-core clock.

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    • Rakhmaninov3
    • 1 year ago

    Remember ye olde Celerons? Mine started at 400MHz and went up to 600 without changing the cooling or anything. That was fun.

    • ronch
    • 1 year ago

    This sort of stunt is practically useless except it kinda gives us an idea how high a particular core can clock on a given process to compare with other cores. Interesting in a way.

    • just brew it!
    • 2 years ago

    I haven’t messed around with OCing since the early Athlon days, but I think that’s pretty cool.

    It does seem like we have hit a wall on absolute core clocks though, I assume due to physical limitations of silicon semiconductor tech. IIRC the world record for clock speed on an x86 CPU is still held by an AMD FX 8-core, and is somewhere in the vicinity of 8 GHz (correct me if I’m wrong).

      • Krogoth
      • 1 year ago

      It is actually a P4 Cedar Mill chip that holds the world record for clockspeed for x86. Some crazy Russians were able to get an unit up to 8.4Ghz with LN2 and insane voltage a while back. Pilldivers got pretty close though.

        • just brew it!
        • 1 year ago

        Makes sense. Probably one of the few (only?) x86 chips with a deeper pipeline than Bulldozer/Piledriver.

        • setaG_lliB
        • 1 year ago

        And at that frequency it barely squeaks by a Core 2 E6600. 😛

        • DrDominodog51
        • 1 year ago

        A Piledriver 8-core holds the record at over 8.7 GHz.

        [url<]https://valid.x86.fr/lpza4n[/url<]

    • NTMBK
    • 2 years ago

    …but why?

      • just brew it!
      • 2 years ago

      Because it’s there? Because he likes the challenge of it? Because that’s the kind of stuff he does on his channel, and people watch his videos?

      Half of the stuff most people do serves no “useful” purpose; how is this so different? Why play or listen to music? Why play or watch sports? Why game? Why prepare or consume gourmet meals? Because some people enjoy these things!

      • Neutronbeam
      • 2 years ago

      “Why is the grass green, why is the sky blue–why do they call the wind Mariah?”

      • jihadjoe
      • 2 years ago

      Why build a dragster? It’s only good for a couple of seconds and you have to rebuild the engine afterwards…

      • ronch
      • 1 year ago

      Because of reasons.

      • albundy
      • 1 year ago

      well, i overclock my 1700 to 4ghz on handbrake sessions when i need to encode hevc videos. its a nice bump in processing power. but i do bring it back down to stock for everything else.

      • Mr Bill
      • 1 year ago

      Its interesting to know that kind of headroom exists in that incarnation given sufficient cold and power. It says something about the design.

      • anubis44
      • 1 year ago

      To show, for once, an AMD CPU grinding the best Intel CPU into the dirt. Muahhahaha!!!! I’ve only been waiting 10 years for this.

        • chuckula
        • 1 year ago

        6 GHz on a sad little 8 core chip isn’t going to grind anything into dust when last-year’s 18 core 7980XE hits 6.1 GHz: [url<]https://www.pcgamer.com/overclocked-core-i9-7980xe-hits-61ghz-and-pulls-1000-watts/[/url<]

    • Sargent Duck
    • 2 years ago

    I used to be huge into overclocking back in the day…waaay back in the day P3/P4.

    Now I’m much more interested in power consumption and quite running.

      • sreams
      • 2 years ago

      I suppose that’s better than not quite running.

        • nico1982
        • 2 years ago

        Ahrahrahr.

      • brucethemoose
      • 2 years ago

      Then you should undervolt, right?

      “Overclocking” is just the removal of the buffer between the safe voltage/frequency the manufacturer sets things at and the edge of stability for your chip and setup. You can run anywhere along the voltage/frequency curve, from massively less power consumption than stock to performance at any cost like this.

    • Kretschmer
    • 2 years ago

    Hey, I found some extra footage:

    [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMekQj5w7MU[/url<]

    • DancinJack
    • 2 years ago

    I suppose this is cool to some. I’m glad people have fun doing it and such, but this kind of OC’ing has literally never interested me. Keep on, keepin’ on though if it is your thing.

      • Neutronbeam
      • 2 years ago

      Cool? It’s chilling.

      • Shouefref
      • 1 year ago

      It’s like motorsport: nobody drives that kind of cars on the road in that way, and certainly not legal. But it’s fun to see others doing it and try to get the maximum out of the machine.

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