Originally Posted by Durquavian
Still as of yet, we have seen no attempt. So far the reviews have made just paltry attempts to set up the chip in an adequate environment. Being the price is so high then one with the money to purchase would likely have a custom loop and then adequate cooling to see how far if any it will OC. By the reduced power consumption compared to an OC 8350, it would appear that there is still room with power to get further. So far seems like the reviews I have seen have used the bare minimum. Although a bit overdone Obakemono point of proof stands. We have none as of this moment.
Anyone who's really tried to stretch an FX's legs can tell you that even the pretty good CL coolers (e.g. Antec 920) can't handle it and only the best air coolers with multiple fans can even start to cut it. I know this as i had to spend money finding it out. Anything less and it's always going to be failure.
Couple that with not knowing how to set the motherboards up to get a decent overclock (settings left at stock - when has any serious overclocker EVER done this when shooting for the moon?) and it's no wonder we're not really seeing what the full outcome is. I'll reiterate that using the 990FX-UD5 was just stupid and HC made the right move with one of the two beefy Asus boards.
For those who have done FX tweaking it's well known that the CPU and motherboards DO throttle themselves based on temperature and power usage and there are multiple settings to disable this. If you're not looking for it (and can't extrapolate figures from stock runs) then of course you'll get a nonsense result. Running IBT on an overclock is one of the best ways to check for this as the change in GFLOPs can be seen indicating something has gone wrong and should be one of the first things done. It is also well known that when you throw too much voltage at FX they start to go backwards and also really end up running away with themselves with heat (as if they weren't bad enough already). It's criminal that we also don't have bios support here (both reviews had trouble running properly at stock) and this is exactly what happened when Vishera appeared.
While this FX was never going to be the runaway king of the hill, it's disappointing to see people who are held in regard (yes it's you, reviewers) contributing to the FUD instead of producing a balanced, factual view as some of us are interested in where the next level is instead of 'yah/boo' forum posts.
Had the price of these not been stupid i might have picked one up to see how far it could go but AMD have clearly not helped themselves in this respect.
What i might now do is see where my current 8350 can go from 4.92GHz @ 1.485 as AMD clearly think that running the FX at over 1.5v is ok.