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AMD Bulldozer chip breaks overclocking record at 8.46GHz

updated 04:15 pm EDT, Mon October 31, 2011

Tops old record by 32MHz

As part of the prelaunch publicity for its new Bulldozer processor architectures, AMD last month had a team of overclockers attempt and break the Guiness Book of Records benchmark for CPU processor speed. They were able to set the record with a setup that clocked 8.43GHz. That record, however, was short-lived and has now been beaten by about 32MHz.

The new record is held by Andre Yang. As with the previous record setting effort, Yang used only two of the CPU's eight cores to get the maximum speed possible. He put the processor in an ASUS Crosshair V Formula motherboard. Cooling was probably achieved using liquid nitrogen or helium, but it hasn't been outlined.

The Bulldog family of processors features six or eight cores. They will run at speeds of 3.1GHz to 3.6GHz, and carry pricing between $222 and $266. Versions for the server market are already available. Home models are expected to ship before the end of the year. [via AnandTech]

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