AMD Phenom II Quad Core Overclocked to 6.3Ghz

November 24, 2008 by John Messina, weblog
AMD 2009 Desktop Platforms
Picture courtesy of AMD

( -- AMD has been showing off their soon to be released 45nm "Deneb" desktop chips which have been overclocked to 6.3Ghz. Unless you can get your hands on some liquid nitrogen, don´t expect to overclock this chip to 6.3Ghz. The Phenom II parts were also able to hit 4GHz with air cooling and 5GHz with dry ice cooling.

AMD stated that the extra level of headroom towards dramatic overclocking capacities on the Phenom II is due to a combination of architectural improvements over the original Phenoms first released late in 2007. In comparison to Intel´s top Core i7 processor listed as a 3.2 GHz part has been overclocked to 4.5 GHz on air cooling alone and some claim to have taken it to 5.7GHz using liquid nitrogen.

AMD states that their design works flawlessly from -200C to +100C. Of course the average person is not going to have access to these kinds of cooling methods but the demo does demonstrate that the new Phenom II processors are scalable when it comes to clock speeds and quite stable at high frequencies. The Phenom II X4 scales much better than the original Phenom X4 processors, which is obvious as they showed overclocking on several different systems with numerous processors.

AMD´s Taylor said the Phenom II demos conducted Thursday were done on what the chip maker is calling its "Dragon" platform which is a quad-core Phenom II processor. The Dragon platform will consist of a Phenom II processor, a Radeon HD 4000 series graphics card and an AMD 790GX chipset powered motherboard. With this platform AMD thinks they can take on Intel in the mainstream market, which they think is critical in this day where the economy is uncertain.

The Phenom II chip is due out sometime in the first quarter of 2009 and will be listed to run at 3.0 GHz off the shelf.

© 2008

Explore further: AMD's Phenom II Takes On Intel's Core 2 Processors

Related Stories

AMD's Phenom II Takes On Intel's Core 2 Processors

February 9, 2009

( -- AMD has added two new Phenom II desktop chips to their product line. The Phenom II Dragon line desktop processors use AMD's new 45-nanometer technology and consists both of a triple-core (X3) and quad-core ...

AMD Delivers Three New AMD Phenom X3 8000 Series Processors

April 24, 2008

AMD today announced the availability of three new AMD Phenom X3 triple-core processors that, when combined with the AMD 780 series chipset, can give consumers a full HD experience and visually stunning gaming and digital ...

AMD Launches World's First x86 Triple-Core Processors

March 27, 2008

AMD today announced the availability of AMD Phenom X3 8000 series triple-core processors, providing gamers and digital media enthusiasts with exceptional performance at mainstream price points. AMD Phenom X3 processors are ...

AMD Introduces Cutting-Edge PC Platform

November 19, 2007

Rewriting the rules for enthusiast computing, AMD today unveiled its new platform codenamed “Spider”, with the first true quad-core processor supporting scalable graphics for The Ultimate Visual Experience. The AMD Spider ...

AMD Adds Multi-Core Triple Threat to Desktop Roadmap

September 18, 2007

Delivering a multi-core triple threat, AMD today announced the addition of AMD Phenom triple-core processors to its desktop roadmap. AMD Phenom triple-core processors, expected to be the world’s first PC processors to integrate ...

AMD Launches World's Fastest Motherboard GPU: AMD 790GX

August 6, 2008

AMD today announced the availability of the industry’s preeminent performance desktop platform, the AMD 790GX. Packing a host of innovations, the AMD 790GX integrates advanced performance tuning for AMD Phenom processors, ...

Recommended for you


Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

2.7 / 5 (3) Nov 21, 2008
why dont you see people overclocking ram or Bus speed?
not rated yet Nov 21, 2008
Good call. Any hardware people out there?
not rated yet Nov 25, 2008
NeptuneAD-could you explain what you mean about the 64bit era? Because my computer claims it is 64bit, and my Linux is 64 bit and I cannot install 32bit Linux on it. looks 64 bit to me!

Back on the Phenom- I don't get what's the point of presenting something so cool and then saying "oh, wait, you cannot reach those without liquid nitrogen". Well, thank you, that's soooo useful.

We're barely managing to keep our Department's computer cluster cooled and it's only 96 CPUs. If AMD is planning to sell that new gorgeous processor to universities, I suggest it develop a coolant system that can be bought and serviced. Sure, it could be ok to cool with nitrogen your super computer if you are a Defence department for the US army, but it's not so ok, when you are a small theoretical department in a university without good financing.
not rated yet Jan 17, 2009
NeptuneAD is right, the true bottlenecks in our computers are in the interconnects between hardware. We have 3.0GB/sec SATA-2, but can your motherboard do anything with 3GB/sec? Nope. Can your hard disk even pull or write data that fast? Nope. Do you think even the fastest $400 motherboard will know what to do with a quad-core running at 6GHz? You would use less than 10% CPU power at most, i bet.

It's all about buzz words, selling people what they dont need, and driving the demand. Bleeding edge motherboards and controllers can not be invented/designed fast enough, and this CPU race to be the best between intel and amd has left everything else in the dust. Software has some catching up to do, big time.

DeniJane, how many programs do you run in 64-bit? Look again... 90% of what you do on your 64-bit machine runs on an emulated x86 platform. Yes, we have a long ways to go before we see the true potential of 64-bit computing.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.