first_imgThe world record for an overclocked processor currently stands at 8.429GHz and was set using an AMD FX-8150 Bulldozer chip. Getting to such high frequencies requires specialized cooling, and in that case the overclockers turned to helium as a solution.Yesterday, manufacturer Gigabyte set its own record by pushing an Ivy Bridge Core i7-3770K processor to 7.032GHz. It was set by well-known overclocker HiCookie who posted the proof on HWBOT (link below). That’s some way short of the world record, but it still required liquid nitrogen cooling to achieve. The speed is being classed as a world record by the company though, due to it being a fully validated CPU clock speed for an Intel chip.Gigabyte also claims another world record. In the process of overclocking the Core i7, they managed to push 16GB of G.Skill Trident X DDR3 memory split across 4 slots to 3.28GHz. Both processor and memory speeds were achieved hooked up to Gigabyte’s own GA-Z77X-UD3H motherboard. And that’s the main point, as Gigabyte wants to sell its motherboards to the enthusiast crowd. There’s no better way to do that than showing off the extremes of overclocking using them as a base.7GHz isn’t a realistic goal for anyone wanting to run an overclocked system 24/7, but it does bode well for achieving stable, air-cooled overclocks with very little work. Even so, the Ivy Bridge processors are fast enough at stock speed. If gaming is your concern, then pairing one with a decent graphics card is going to produce much higher gains than investing heavily in advanced processor cooling components.Read more at Gigabyte and HWBOTlast_img read more