The world CPU (OC) record was previously held by AMD’s FX 8370. The 8370 was a faster version of the very popular Piledriver-based FX 8350. OC guru “The Stilt” accomplished the feat back in 2014 when he arrived 8722.78 GHz using liquid nitrogen (LN2). While AMD’s Bulldozer and Piledriver processors had poor instruction per cycle (IPC), they were designed to be absolute speed demons, which meant new worlds would be set left and right. This was basically the opposite of how AMD designed the Zen.
Now finally, after eight years, Intel has finally managed to beat AMD at it, as Asus’ in-house overclocker, Elmore, and overclocking expert SkatterBencher, managed to break 9GHz, 9008.82 MHz to be exact, on an Intel Core i9-13900K CPU. This was done on an Asus ROG Maximus Z790 Apex motherboard using Liquid Helium cooling. However, Intel did engineer the chip to use only its performance cores (P cores), and the rest of the processes were disabled as well.
Below are the specifications of the OC bench:
- Intel Core™ i9-13900K
- Asus ROG MAXIMUS Z790 APEX
- 32GB DDR5-5600 CL46 RAM
- Kinston A400 SSD 120GB
- Windows 7 64 bit
Intel shared this video on its YouTube channel:
While the i9-13900K is Intel’s current fastest mainstream processor, the company is expected to release the very distant Core i9-13900KS soon. The KS versions basically run in full turbo mode right out of the box and are built to offer enthusiasts the fastest watches all the time.