Intel’s new monster Main i9 processors boasting 18-cores and sixteen-cores have just gone on sale, and Asus has set some blistering new documents overclocking these CPUs with its ROG Rampage VI Apex motherboard.

Using the Main i9-7980XE 18-core processor (with a base clock of two.6GHz, Turbo to 4.2GHz) cooled with liquid nitrogen to about -100°C, specialist ROG overclocker ‘der8auer’ managed to drive the chip to six.104GHz throughout all 18 cores (at 1.55V).

All without the need of the CPU currently being reduced to a melted pile of goop, although the program was not steady more than enough to run benchmarks at this speed.

To get some screening performed, things had to be toned down to five.6GHz with a voltage of 1.45V, at which place the multi-threaded Cinebench R15 benchmark could be run – Asus notes that there was virtually 1000W coursing by way of the program.

The Cinebench R15 CPU score notched up was five,635, a mind-boggling determine when you take into account it virtually doubled the prior file of two,990 (one more overclocker, ‘elmor’, pushed the chip even even more to set a new file of five,723).

New documents ended up also achieved in 3DMark Vantage 2x with the CPU at five.66GHz, with Italian overclocker ‘Rsannino’ accomplishing a score of 138,185 (in comparison to the prior file of one hundred thirty five,813).

He even more blew absent the Geekbench3 multi-core file – which stood at forty eight,004 – with a score of ninety two,307, once more a huge leap.

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Furthermore, Rsannino clocked the Main i9-7940X (with 14-cores, base clock 3.1GHz) up to five.7GHz, and once more set a new Cinebench R15 file (4,339 in comparison to the prior two,424) alongside with Geekbench3 multi-core (70,618 eclipsing the prior file of 40,one hundred fifty five).

A load of other new highs ended up arrived at, and you can see the whole listing of benchmark documents in this Asus posting.

As at any time, these sort of liquid nitrogen shenanigans are a significantly-cry from serious-planet overclocking and functionality, but you can still gauge the relative energy of Intel’s new monster processors in conditions of how considerably they blew absent the prior (similarly tremendous-cooled) documents.

Of training course, should really you be tempted to commit in Intel’s flagship 18-core CPU, you will need deep pockets as it retails at $1,999 (about £1,480, AU$two,510), but it is extremely effective, as these benchmarks illustrate – and as we uncovered out in our whole evaluate.

However, it expenses two times as considerably as AMD’s sixteen-core Ryzen Threadripper 1950X.

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