Originally Posted by TestECull
Strange you mention that...isn't the current world record held by a chip that does not have an unlocked multiplier?
And doesn't AMD offer unlocked multi chips capable of 7GHz for a measly C-note? I could have sworn they did. Oh, wait, I'm wrong. They also offer one for a measly 80 bucks or so.
I wouldn't have a problem with the extreme price tag if there was an extreme performance jump to warrant it. I'm talking running Crysis at 1080P while emulating a PS3 at 60FPS and running two forums type of performance jump, as nothing less would warrant the massive price hike. But there just isn't enough of a jump to warrant buying it on a performance standpoint. There's barely a performance jump at all AFAIK. And you can buy 7+GHz unlocked multi chips for under a 100 bucks so I can't fathom why you'd want one for extreme overclocking.
Like I said the only reason someone would buy one is for the e-peen of it. IF I were in the game to hit 7+ ghz, I sure as hell wouldn't be spending a thousand bucks on a CPU I'm going to annihilate in one night. I could get ten AMD chips for the same price and go for 10 tries.
It's unfair to compare the unlocked multi chips of AMD with that of Intel chips. Completely different architectures. A handful of overclockers have managed to top 7GHz with Phenom II chips (the entire top 5 list on CPU-Z is above 7GHz) while only one (AFAIK) has achieved the same feat with an Intel i7 chip.
And yeah, you're right, some crazy talented bastard reached 7.16GHz with an i7 920 (I hope you know I was referring to i7 extreme overclocking and not overclocking in general...obviously those Celerons take the cake in terms of highest possible frequency).
NÂº 1 : KkWong@Team hk-Centralfield reached 7161.88 MHz with an Intel Core i7 920 (45 nm) [Details]
MB : EVGA EVGA X58 Classified 4-Way SLI (Intel X58 rev 13) - RAM : A-Data Technology 6144 MB
Still, I don't think this takes anything away from the extreme overclockers using EE chips. How many i7 920's do you think KkWong had to sift through until he found his golden 7GHz chip? That's still a ridiculous amount of dough that's been spent. I would have to imagine that it would take a substantially lower amount of higher-binned EE chips to sift through to get the same result (I don't see any 32nm CPU's on top of the CPU-Z records yet...weird...). Maybe you're right in that the prices of the EE's are still prohibitively expensive for this, but why must the people who buy them be labeled stupid? If they have the money, why not? If people are making loads of money, there comes a point where it doesn't even matter what and how much they spend it on. It's unfair to call these people stupid when they know exactly what they're buying and how much they're spending. Maybe they feel like keeping as much money as they can away from the gold-digger wife...
Also, you're antagonizing certain members of this community with your blanket statements, like AdmiralThrawn who posted earlier in this thread with his i7 975 and his tri-SLI GTX 480's. We're all a part of OCN here...Edited by decimator - 6/12/10 at 3:05pm