It looks that the soon-to-be-launched AMD 790GX, a new IGP chipset, will definitely be a much better Phenom overclocker. The boards are expected at the end of this month and our sources managed to get a Phenom 9850 from 2.5GHz all the way to 3.4GHz.
It wouldn't be as interesting if they weren't using air cooling and a retail CPU picked up in a store, and we believe that they can get it even faster using water-cooling. The temperature was an acceptable 44Â°C and they needed 1.55V to make it run at this speed. As you can see, the CPU finished AMD's stability test at 3.4GHz or (17x200).
It looks that AMD engineers led by John Bruno did a great job, and we can simply say that the boards and chipsets are just getting better and better.
Phenom 9860 is available today for €163, and with a new board and such an overclock it can at least challenge Intel’s dual and quad- cores.
I know this was revealed before, but this gives slightly more information. The method by which SB750 aids overclocking I know is shrouded in mystery, but I came accross this picture on xtremesystems which may explain a bit more as to how AMD has achieved this: