Originally Posted by snelan
Actually, before Sandy Bridge, AMD was the big overclocker.
AMD was never competitive in user benchmarks, overclocking, or any of the like. Even before Penryn, Intel destroyed AMD's overclocking chops with their Pentium 4's and D's. AMD just had a big promotional orgy featuring competitive benchers overclocking the ES 940's on LN2 and liquid helium, I presume to show off that the cold bug was gone, and hit 6.5GHz and then 7GHz, far higher clockspeeds than 99% of other benchers have been able to hit. Before the newer stepping Phenom II's, which still very rarely exceed 4200MHz stable, chips like the 955 BE, 945, and 940 BE struggled to get over 3.8GHz, absolutely pathetic considering older, faster Intel CPU's easily exceeded the same OC potential by several hundred MHz.
Core i7 and the E8X00 CPU's have dominated overclocking all the way up until Sandy Bridge, and even Sandy Bridge can't compete with some of the 980X's out there hitting almost 7GHz. The E8600's used to hit 5+GHz on DICE with ease too.
AMD has never dominated overclocking. Their only overclocking-based claim to fame is cheap unlocked multipliers so noobs can overclock easily, but usually the chips with the locked multipliers can overclock just as high.Edited by aaronmonto - 3/8/11 at 7:35pm