Overclockers hit 6GHz – AMD vs. Intel clockwar


Maybe it’s funny what the guys at Tom’s Hardware Overclock Competition 2008 did but totally useless for everyone else. They cooled an Intel Core 2 Duo 8600 with liquid nitrogen and overclocked it to 6GHz. Nice… but is anyone going to put a bottle of liquid nitrogen in his PC just to run it on 6GHz for a moment? No… So we all can forget about that. I bet that the Phenom II 6GHz OC test run that AMD confirmed has been also done with liquid nitrogen.

So is this all a coincidence? No, I don’t think so. I think that AMD and Intel support all the OC scene meanwhile. I think that it’s just like with BMW supporting and sponsoring Formula 1 for example. You can get nice press coverage. It’s like free advertising. Your brand name everywhere! How smart! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Phenom II at 6GHz OC confimrmed by AMD:

Toms Hardware OC competition record of 6,2GHz:

Just see how prominent the Intel logo is in the Toms Hardware article is. Coincidence or product placement? Personally I think that clockwars are back. I bet we will see CPUs with up to 4GHz next year in stores.


Wink wink! ๐Ÿ˜‰ See the Intel logos? Nice sponsoring!


All photos from the OCC Tom’s Hardware competition:


  1. Intel has got AMD totally beat with the Core i7 lineup…. with the exception of some nice lower end pricing…. I doubt AMD will be anything but a background image in the CPU landscape of 2009

  2. Correct, but I think that AMD will answer with higher clocks like 3,5 and 4 GHz. Let’s wait for real AMD Phenom II benchmarks. At the moment the Quad Core and i7 CPUs beat the Phenom I.

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