AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper Pro 7995WX has made waves in the workstation processor market with its impressive core count and extended memory support. But what truly sets it apart is its overclockability, a feature rarely seen in CPUs of this caliber. Last week, AMD’s lead overclocker, Sampson, pushed the limits of the CPU by achieving clock speeds of 4800 MHz and 5200 MHz using different cooling methods. However, this week saw an even more astonishing feat. The Ryzen Threadripper Pro 7995WX successfully hit an unprecedented clock speed of 6.0 GHz, utilizing all 96 cores.
These overclocking experiments were carried out by Bill ‘Sampson’ Alverson, Amit Mehra from AMD, and renowned overclockers Roman ‘der8auer’ Hartung and Jon ‘Elmor’ Sandström. One team used custom air and liquid cooling, while the other took a more extreme approach by employing liquid nitrogen (LN2). The results were nothing short of remarkable. Elmor and Der8auer managed to achieve a clock speed of 6.0 GHz using LN2, while Sampson and Amit pushed all 96 cores to an impressive frequency of 5,550 MHz using LN2 cooling.
These achievements have had a significant impact on performance. The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 7995WX scored 186,756 points in Cinebench R23 at 5,550 MHz, a substantial improvement from the 100,000 points achieved at its standard clock speed. At 6,000 MHz, the 96-core CPU achieved an even more astonishing score of 201,501 points.
Overclocking a CPU to such high frequencies requires specialized cooling methods. While air and liquid cooling can provide substantial boosts, achieving clock speeds of 6.0 GHz necessitated the use of liquid nitrogen. Cooling a CPU to temperatures as low as -196 degrees Celsius (-320 degrees Fahrenheit) produces remarkable results.
While these overclocking achievements are impressive, it’s important to note that they are not practical for everyday workstations. Overclocking to such extreme levels often requires adjustments to memory configurations and other settings that are not typically used in real-world scenarios.
As we marvel at these new milestones, we can’t help but wonder if boutique PC makers will attempt to build factory-overclocked Ryzen Threadripper machines. The potential for even greater performance in workstation environments is certainly intriguing.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: What is overclocking?
A: Overclocking refers to the process of increasing a component’s clock speed higher than its default settings to achieve better performance.
Q: What is liquid nitrogen (LN2)?
A: Liquid nitrogen is a cryogenic liquid with an extremely low temperature of -196 degrees Celsius (-320 degrees Fahrenheit). It is often used in extreme overclocking to achieve extremely low temperatures for better performance.
Q: Can I achieve similar overclocking results with air or liquid cooling?
A: While air and liquid cooling can provide significant performance boosts, achieving extreme overclocking results like those mentioned in the article usually requires the use of specialized cooling methods such as liquid nitrogen.
Q: What are the advantages of overclocking?
A: Overclocking can lead to increased performance and faster processing speeds, allowing for improved productivity and better gaming experiences. However, it also carries the risk of increased heat generation and potential instability if not done properly.