Ever wondered how fast your CPU can run? A team of French enthusiasts use liquid nitrogen cooling to find out.
Earlier this year a team of French technicians were called upon to overclock an Intel Core Duo 2 Quad to see how fast it could really perform.
Using a liquid nitrogen cooling system and serious looking compressor to suck hot air right out of the setup, the French Tom’s Hardware team were able to drive the Intel Core Duo 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz to a massive 5.1 GHz, more than doubling the speed of its standard cycles.
Most avid computer users will know that overclocking stock processors around 20-30% is quite easily accomplished with the addition of some extra fans, but overclocking at over 100% is another matter altogether.
To see how they went about rigging up the liquid nitrogen cooled system, check out the video below. The clip in is French, but there is very little talk, just great shots of how this baby fitted together.
In another world record breaking attempt to overclock stock processors, a Japanese technician named Memesana, was able to overclock an Intel Pentium 4 670 microprocessor at 3.80GHz to whopping 7.132GHz. Also cooled by liquid nitrogen, this system was able to run many applications without glitching, a problem which is often common on machines that have been super-tweaked.
Memesana’s setup gained some attention when it was revealed over two years ago, by managing to calculate ? (pi) to 1 million decimal places in 18.516 seconds, currently the world record.
If you have your own overclocking stories to share, or any other knowledge on world record speeds set by super machines, feel free to leave your comments below.