Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors have gained a reputation of running far hotter than the previous-generation, but when you’re an extreme overclocker equipped with LN2, that might not matter so much. GIGABYTE’s in-house OCing addict hicookie just proved this with his latest world record; a staggering 7.032GHz overclock on a Core i7-3770K, achieved using a GIGABYTE Z77X-UD3H.
At least according to CPU-Z’s validator, this clock required 1.956v to be fed to the CPU. To help put things into perspective, the same CPU can go under 1.0v when idle, and should never go above 1.25v when in use. hicookie has here almost doubled the amount of voltage going into the CPU, which is just insane (of course, this is easier to pull off when you have a tray full of the same CPU nearby).
In another impressive accomplishment (not sure if this is a record), hicookie also managed to OC his RAM in a 4x4GB configuration to a staggering DDR3-3280, with timings of 11-13-13-35. There’s no mention of how much voltage this required, but the kit was G.Skill’s Trident X.
For all those just dying to know, yes, I’m confident this would run Crysis. Kudos to hicookie for these killer records. Want to see the clock in action? Head on over to this YouTube video.