Zardon hits 5GHz on air. N00bs: Look and despair

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After spending the best part of a week clocking seven shades of super-charged-performance from the Intel 655k and 875k processors, life in the labs is moving back to normal. Looking back through all the work done, it seems that one JPG was not posted in any story – and we’d like to fix that now.

Although not stable enough to run a full suite of benchmarks, KitGuru was able to get the Intel Core i5 655k to boot at 5GHz, on air, and get through some basic tests.   5GHz Intel?   Nice!

We’ve never seen anything like it without exotic cooling so, just for the record, here’s the cool bit…

How can you be sure that you can clock processors to 5GHz? Simple, just look in the mirror. If you see something like Zardon’s divine countenance staring back – then you know you can call upon the dark arts and set records for others to follow [Oh, Zardon's gonna love this. Now he's the CPU-Whisperer!  - Ed]…

Zardon: Sponsored by Oily of Ulay

To see ALL of the secrets of the Sith Lord, click here for the full 875/655 review.

Special thanks to Crucial for sending us over 6GB of their awesome Ballistic Tracer for this article.

KitGuru says: We’re old enough to remember Intel showing off a Pentium 4 running at 5GHz in a hermetically sealed chamber with all sorts of weird and wonderful cooling. While clock speed is not everything, and Conroe/Banias did a great job of changing the metrics used for success, pure speed still makes a big difference to performance…   so ‘roll on’ processors shipping at 5GHz stock!
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  • Stefan
    May 29, 2010
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    This gave me a chuckle this morning Faith – I bet he is cringing when he sees this.

    Hell of an overclock for air – unless he used that noctua – I think they need to create a new cooling field for it – “GIANT MOTHERF*&KING SLAB OF METAL COOLING”

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  • Death Dealer
    May 29, 2010
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    on air? Christ I thought 4.8ghz was good. shame it wasn’t stable

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  • eric k
    May 29, 2010
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    nice nice nice nice nice. not many will get this tho

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  • faith
    May 29, 2010
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    What’s your greatest ever air overclock?

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  • eric k
    May 29, 2010
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    Probably around 4.1ghz on my 920, which I thought was pretty good. Won’t go any higher and there is room for more voltage, but it just doesn’t want to go more.

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  • Lesser Kinc
    May 29, 2010
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    I’ve clocked an E7200 to 3.6 with an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7

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  • isaak
    May 29, 2010
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    ehh, I haven’t been above 3.4 on my Q9450… The thing wants more voltage than I’m willing to throw at it >:(

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  • Chaos
    May 29, 2010
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    and to think i was happy when I got my 940BE to boot into windows at 3.8 GHz

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  • Noctua show Kitguru new coolers @ Computex | KitGuru
    June 3, 2010
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    [...] Core i7 875k with their monster Austrian Sandwich the NH D14 – which you can see over here. We even managed to hit 5ghz, although it wasn’t stable … nonetheless, booting into Windows at 5ghz on air is still [...]

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