Extreme overclocking: getting a Celeron to run at 8.20 GHz

Russian overclocker pimps out

Disappointed at the slow speeds of your old Intel processor? An overclocker at XtremeLabs.org reports getting the clock speed of a 3.06GHz Celeron processor up to a blistering 8.20GHz, setting a new world record in the process.

The forum post at XtremeLabs (in Russian) shows how an overclocker with the moniker of "TiN" went about speeding up this chip: TiN heated the processor so that it separated from the integrated heat spreader and could then be placed into a modded DFI Lanparty UT P35-T2R motherboard. TiN then cooled the whole setup with liquid nitrogen to keep the chip from achieving combustion.

Faster than the previous world record by 16.8MHz, this overclock of almost three times the original speed managed to run without melting the processor. Despite the detailed post and photos, TiN didn't show any benchmarks for the Celeron, so we won't know how it does against newer members of the Intel lineup until TiN demonstrates the capabilities of the 8.20 GHz processor.

Even if the hacked Celeron falls short of the performance of more recent chips, this remains an impressive feat: TiN, my hat's off to you!

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Alessondra Springmann

PC World (US online)

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