The German overclocker der8auer succeeded with pushing an AMD FX-8350 to 8.127 MHz – speeds nearly twice as fast as what we’d expect from a stock chip. The 32 nm CPU was forced up to this speed by giving it voltage of 1.920 vCore – making a single core pull 100 W of power.
AMD has impressed most people with its recent successes, due to its efficient Zen architecture and it’s Ryzen processors. But before the time of the Zen architecture AMD had it tough. The company was using processors based on the Bulldozer architecture, which left a lot to be desired.
During the Bulldozer era, AMD pushed up the clock speeds of its processors to compensate for the otherwise lacklustre performance, something that der8auer used to his benefit when overclocking an AMD FX-8350 to over 8 GHz.
Even with the impressive speed of 8.1 GHz the processor didn’t perform too well in Cinebench R15 – scoring 172 points for single thread performance. TechPowerUp compared the score from the overclocked AMD FX-8350 to a Ryzen 5 2600X saying that the processor “running at stock clocks of 3.6 GHz with all cores enabled, achieves 176 points in the same benchmark”.
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KitGuru says: It’s impressive to see a CPU being pushed to over 8.1 GHz. However, perhaps more impressive is that a modern CPU with half the clock speed will outperform the overclocked AMD FX-8350.