Originally Posted by AMC
Oh wow, can't believe how many people here are complaining.
Once you understand processor design, pipelining, silicon limits, bus thresholds, skew times, etc then you will see why this is indeed impressive.
LN2 is important. Not just for benching records. Don't bash it if you don't understand. Just move along.
An impressive technical feat to be sure, especially considering a fully enabled chip and the cooling used, but still a purely academic one to most, and impressive doesn't always translate into useful or relevant.
Originally Posted by Sin0822
I am sorry but extreme OC matters much more than any other type of overclocking. It is the only type of OC that gets motherboard maker's attention, they don't hire the OCers who have the highest stable air/water OC, nor do they sponsor those does have the highest stable air/water OC. They also don't put in features for those who just water/air OC. Sure those switches for disabling PCi-E slots are great for watercoolers, but they are really designed for LN2 OCing, as it really is a PITA to short pins and remove already mounted GPUs. The OC-Key ASUs just brought out, subzero sense, OC Touch feature of gigabyte, POST code display(granted this does have other practical uses, but really more used by LN2), power/reset/clear CMOS, dual BIOSes, 8+ phase VRMs, and basically every other OC feature are there because of LN2 OCing. There is no reason to go above and beyond Intel spec when it comes to VRMs, but they do b/c of extreme OC. board makers think that by marketing their features to the extreme OCers they will get normal OCers to buy those products, and what do you know, they do.
Honestly, I'd call most of these features redundant, needless, or outright wasteful, with the exception of better VRMs, and even then, many boards go overboard in this regard.
It all comes down to why one OCs. I certainly see the extreme stuff as interesting, and understand how it influences new technologies and opens up new markets, but my reasons for OCing have always been more practical, and more value oriented. So, these sorts of experiments don't tell me much that I will be putting to use.