AMD Claims Land Speed Record for Fastest Desktop CPU

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-09-13 Print this article Print

The FX CPU, which AMD plans to launch commercially in several weeks, achieved a top speed of 8.429GHz, surpassing the previous record--AMD did not attribute it to anybody nor say when it was set--of 8.308GHz.

Now the Guinness Book of World Records is judging performance in the central processing unit business.

Advanced Micro Devices, which apparently needs all the publicity it can generate, announced Sept. 13 that it has achieved the Guinness World Record for the "Highest Frequency of a Computer Processor," by overclocking the upcoming octa-core AMD FX Bulldozer-based desktop processor.

The FX CPU, which the company plans to launch commercially in several weeks, achieved a top speed of 8.429GHz, surpassing the previous record-AMD did not attribute it to anybody nor say when it was set-of 8.308GHz.

The AMD record was set Aug. 31 in Austin, Texas, by Team AMD FX, a group comprising elite overclocking specialists working alongside AMD staff members.

Midway through the testing process, the overclockers switched from liquid nitrogen to liquid helium to reach a lower temperature.

Here is a YouTube video showing how the exhibition was put together.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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