Intel’s Greatest New CPU Overclocked To 7GHz

Intel’s Greatest New CPU Overclocked To 7GHz

It’s coming later than we’d like, but Intel’s impending superchip looks like it’s going to be worth the wait — especially if you’re a speed addict. As in processor speed, not amphetamines.

It’s not available to us mere press and plebes, but alleged internal benchmarks show a walloping 100 per cent overclock — from 3.5GHz to 7GHz. The method required an insane dry ice contraption, of course, but still! The Bright Side of News reports the blazing clock-job wasn’t even hard to pull off:

We saw the samples of Core i7-3770K going from 3.5 GHz to a massive 7.06 GHz clock. By raising voltage to 1.889 Volts, using 63x multiplier and 112.11 MHz and using dry ice – the 22nm beast passed 7000 MHz.

For reference, the current world record for an Intel i7/i5/i3 chip is 7.307GHz.

Now of course this isn’t the kind of setup we’ll be seeing in our next MacBook Airs, but for those of you saving a spot in your gaming rig, you should be able to squeeze stellar extra juice out of your Ivy Bridge with a decent cooling setup. Suck it, Battlefield 3. [Bright Side of News via MaxPC]