During their attendance at this year's DreamHack LANing event in Sweden just a few days ago, the crew from Nordic Hardware have reported two seperate and highly noteworthy milestones reached in the overclocking / 3DMark catagories.
The first big success was by a Robert "Crotale" Kihlberg of Nordic Hardware who managed to ramp his P4 660 (3.6GHz) CPU up to a staggering 6GHz with the help of a -100c Cascade compressor system.
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Our very own overclocking guru Robert "Crotale" Kilhberg has as usual spent a lot of his time at DreamHack in NordicHardware's booth doing some extreme overclocking attempts. Last summer it was a Celeron 2.53 which was overclocked to 5.2GHz with dry ice. This year the goal was 6GHz with a Pentium 4 660 (3.6 GHz) and to reach this magical number we used a cascade compressor system, which you could take a peak at in our booth, when and where it lowered the temperature to about -100 degrees Celsius on the processor.
Next to have caused a lot of noise at the event was a joint overclocking achievement by a Kinc and Overklokk (also members of the Nordic Hardware crew) in which they managed a new world record 3DMark 05 run of 18517! - This made possible with the use of a heavily overclocked FX-57 and a pair of 512MB XFX 7800GTXs operating at 700/2006 MHz. Mmmmmm, 20K's now on the horizon me thinks.
Parallel to our own overclocking of a Pentium 4 660 TechSweden was also at DreamHack to do some serious overlocking. However their attempt was of a different nature and the goal was simply to set a new world record in the newest of the 3DMark categories: 3DMark 05.