AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Overclocked On LN2, Smashes Cinebench R15 Record
The excitement surrounding Ryzen is at a fever pitch, and for good reason—every indication up to this point is that Ryzen is the real deal and will make AMD competitive again in the high-end market. There is still another week to go before Ryzen reaches retail availability (the top three Ryzen CPUs are up for pre-order, though) but in the meantime, an overclocked Ryzen 7 1800X has purportedly set a new world record in Cinebench.
A group of overclockers doused the chip in LN2 and then cranked the voltage way up. That allowed them to push all the the Ryzen 7 1800X processor well beyond stock, while keeping it chilly at -200C. That in itself is pretty impressive for an architecture that isn't going crazy with clockspeeds, though the real story here is the subsequent benchmark run in Cinebench.
With all 8 cores humming along, the Ryzen 7 1800X part scored a record in Cinebench's multi-threaded benchmark, besting the previous top score of 2,410. The feat was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube by YouTuber Austin Evans, though for some unknown reason it has since been pulled offline. Another YouTuber was able to take some screenshots before it was removed and assembled those in a separate video.
Critics may feel differently about using LN2 to significantly overclock it, noting that it doesn't seem all that impressive when Intel processors can do the same with much cheaper cooling solutions. However, AMD is touting a high instructions per clock (IPC) for Ryzen, which typically means greater efficiency at the expense of higher clockspeeds. According to AMD, finalized silicon for Ryzen boasts a >52 percent IPC improvement over previous-gen parts.
Regardless of clockspeed, setting a new Cinebench world record is just one more reason to be excited about Ryzen.