Pentium Reaches 6GHz

It’s not stable by any means, but a group of Finnish overclockers have got a 3.6Ghz Pentium 4 up to 6009.73Ghz. The chip needs liquid nitrogen to keep it running, so don’t try this at home – it’s not available as a home system, and doesn’t even fit in a case. Though non-toxic and non-flammable, liquid nitrogen does present a frost-burn and asphyxiation hazard to geeks who have to calculate PI just that bit faster.

For safety, he overclocked system has low memory and a cheap graphics card, so has a couple of key performance bottlenecks (after all, you wouldn’t want to risk destroying a nice new Radeon X800 if you fried your system board), but is an interesting proof of concept. In this instance, only program that run entirely on the processor and do not make memory, disk and graphics calls with show the most benefits from this level of overclocking.

Overclocking to 6GHz and showing off

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Fraser Lovatt

Fraser Lovatt has spent the last fifteen years working in publishing, TV and the Internet in various capacities, and believes that they will be seperate platforms for at least a while yet. His main interests at the moment are exploring where Linux is taking home entertainment and how technology is conferring technical skills on more and more people. Fraser Lovatt was born in the same year that 2001: A Space Odyssey was delighting and confusing people in the cinemas, and developed a lifelong love of technology as soon as he realised that things could be taken apart, sometimes put back together again, but mostly left in bits or made into something the original designer hadn't quite planned upon. At school he was definitely in the ZX Spectrum/Magpie/BMX camp, rather than the BBC Micro/Blue Peter/well-behaved group. This is all deeply ironic as he later went on to spend nine years working at the BBC. After a few years of working as a bookseller in Scotland, ("Back when it was actually a skilled profession" he'll tell anyone still listening), he moved to England for reasons he can't quite explain adequately to himself. After a couple of publishing jobs punctuated by sporadic bursts of travelling and photography came the aforementioned nine years at the BBC where he specialised in internet technologies and video. These days his primary interests are Java, Linux, videogames and pies - and if they're not candidates for convergence, then what is?