AMD has announced that it has grabbed the Guinness World Record for the highest frequency of a computer processor. The record was set using an 8-core AMD FX desktop CPU. The CPU won’t hit stores until Q4 2011. The processor was overclocked to a speed of 8.429 GHz, beating the previous record of 8.308 GHz.
AMD notes that the record was set by Team AMD FX comprised of overclocking geeks and AMD tech folks. The official PR doesn’t say a lot about how they achieved that frequency. As you can see in the video below the deed required some exotic cooling with liquid nitrogen. However, AMD does note that it was able to overclock the processor well over 5 GHz using only air-cooling or water cooling systems that cost under $100.
It sounds like the 8-core beast will be a very nice processor for the gamer and enthusiast. I wonder if this CPU will bring AMD back to the realm of competition with Intel’s high-end parts. For years now AMD has held onto the low price crowns and let Intel have the performance crowns in the consumer market.