Just before the launch of Bulldozer, AMD demonstrated it at 8.43GHz, which was the world record back then. Now an overclocker named Andre Yang has achieved an overclock of 8.46GHz, beating AMD's record by ~30MHz. 

Above are the CPU-Z screenshots of the new and former record. The exact frequency is 8461.51MHz, which is 32.13MHz faster than the previous record. As shown in the pictures, both CPUs had only two cores enabled and ASUS's Crosshair V Formula motherboard was used. Andre applied a core voltage of 1.992V, whereas AMD had a voltage of 2.016V in their setup. Cooling method of Andre's setup is unknown, but most likely either liquid nitrogen or helium was used. 

Source: CPU-Z Validation Database

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  • lukarak - Sunday, October 30, 2011 - link

    Not exactly. It loses to 2600 unless it's complete 6 (or 12) thread load. That design is not as efficient. It's successor will completely trash it, just as the most popular i5-750 gets trashed by the 2500.
  • piroroadkill - Sunday, October 30, 2011 - link

    His point still stands, though. Whoever bought a 980x near launch is still rocking an extremely high end CPU. With a mild overclock, it can keep up with Sandy Bridge, and if something is heavily threaded, it rapes all.

    That's a pretty unique situation, because it really is fairly old now.
  • Roland00Address - Sunday, October 30, 2011 - link

    I repeat, 3 years ago and it is still one of the best cpus out there.
  • johnsmith9875 - Sunday, October 30, 2011 - link

    Release the X6 in 32nm, put two of them on a single AM3+ chip, and sell it as a budget CPU upgrade for existing users.

    Then you will have some time to fix Bulldozer and get it to market.
  • N4g4rok - Sunday, October 30, 2011 - link

    That's not a bad idea. A lower TDP Phenom II would have a lot of potential, considering the clock speeds you could get out of it.
  • silverblue - Monday, October 31, 2011 - link

    Whoa whoa whoa... you're saying release Magny Cours for the desktop?

    That thing needs a quad-channel memory architecture. Interesting idea though.

    A GPU-less Llano would make more sense as long as it came with Turbo Core - 4GHz basic, 4.5 turbo, that sort of thing.
  • mforce - Sunday, October 30, 2011 - link

    This Bulldozer reminds me of the Pentium IV days, Intel was so excited about it but almost everyone else wasn't. It too kept breaking GHz records one after the other only to get a good spanking from the Athlons.
    Bulldozer can break all the records it wants as far as GHz is concerned it's still a fail in my opinion. It's getting its ass kicked by current gen I7 cpus. I'm an AMD fan but I just got a Phenom II X6 and I'm happy with it.
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