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Beat this! Intel Core i9 7900X overclocked to 6.01GHz under LN2 cooling, breaks HWBOT benchmark

Too fast but not furious: sofos1990's overclocking setup. (Source: HWBOT)
Too fast but not furious: sofos1990's overclocking setup. (Source: HWBOT)
What do you get when you have a combination of Intel's latest HEDT processor, a specially crafted enthusiast Gigabyte motherboard and a can of liquid nitrogen? An overclock that shatters all records imaginable.

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How fast does your CPU run? 2GHz? How about 4? Nah, that's old school. 6GHz should be the sweet spot these days. Well, overclocking enthusiasts can never be satisfied but famed overclocker 'sofos1990' can be quite content that his overclocking setup has shattered all known records. He has successfully demonstrated a sustained overclock past the 6GHz mark on the new Intel Core i9 7900X, setting a new record on the hardware benchmarking site, HWBOT.

Intel's new High-End Desktop (HEDT) range of processors are now available for enthusiasts and serious professionals looking to push the performance envelope. The latest processor in this segment is the Core i9 7900X which boasts of 10 cores and 20 threads with a base clock of 3.30GHz. While the stock configuration in itself is kind of overkill for most users, sofos1990 has managed to push the processor to borderline insanity by boosting the clock to 6.01GHz (an 82.3% boost over stock).

Of course, such insane overclocks demand insane cooling. So, how did he achieve it? Enter: liquid nitrogen cooling. That isn't the only insane part of it, though. The vCore voltage was pumped up to a staggering 1.6V, which would have made the processor a highly advanced toaster if conventional cooling solutions were to be deployed. This setup helped sofos1990 achieve a score of 12189.52 in the HWBOT Prime benchmark, setting a new benchmark for 10-core chips along with conferring the 7900X as the fastest single processor score in the database.

Other components of the rig seem to be surprisingly simple. The motherboard used was Gigabyte's X299 SOC Champion, which is a limited edition for overclock enthusiasts. The system had 4GB of G.Skill Trident Z DDR4 RAM and a 120GB Neutron GTX SSD. All of it was powered by a Corsair Professional Gold Series 1500W PSU. It remains to be seen how long will the 7900X hold this crown. With Intel's 18-core 36-thread i9 7980XE processor around the corner and AMD's Ryzen Threadripper hot on its heels, the HEDT market has never been so exciting.

sofos1990's system configuration for the overclock. (Source: HWBOT)
sofos1990's system configuration for the overclock. (Source: HWBOT)
The Gigabyte X299 SOC Champion motherboard. (Source: HWBOT)
The Gigabyte X299 SOC Champion motherboard. (Source: HWBOT)

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2017-07-12 (Update: 2017-07-12)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.