ASUS Overclocks Ivy Bridge To 7 GHz, Breaks World Records

Subject: Motherboards | April 24, 2012 - 11:17 PM |

ASUS recently unveiled a slew of Z77 motherboards for Intel’s latest 22nm Ivy Bridge processors (Check out our coverage of ASUS’ new lineup and new features in video form). Included in the new Z77 lineup is the P8Z77-V DELUXE and Maximus V GENE motherboards which ASUS has managed to push to the extreme.

Specifically, they used their P8Z77-V DELUXE motherboard and a little LN2 to push an Intel Core i7 3770K to a 7 GHz clock frequency. Further, they pushed 16 GB of 2800 MHz DDR3 to 3 GHz+ frequencies. ASUS has stated that the massive overclock is due to their VRM technology and UEFI tuning options.

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The company also used a micro ATX Maximus V GENE motherboard to break five world overclocking records. The new records include:

  • AquaMark 3: 536638 marks using a Radeon™ HD 7970 graphics card clocked at 1600MHz core and 1900MHz GDDR5
  • PiFast: 10.3 seconds with Intel® Core™ i7-3770K set to 6930MHz
  • 3DMark®2001 SE: 164589 marks using a GeForce® GTX 580 clocked at 1553MHz core and 1250MHz GDDR5
  • 3DMark®2001 SE: 164589 marks using a GeForce® GTX 580 clocked at 1553MHz core and 1250MHz GDDR5
  • SuperPi 32M: 4 minutes 52 seconds and 953ms with Intel® Core™ i7 set to 6735MHz (awaiting independent verification)

ASUS claims the records on this board were also the result of their “Extreme Engine Digi+ II” VRM technology and UEFI BIOS.

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ASUS further states in the press release that they offer the best performing Z77 motherboards for enthusiasts.

“These accomplishments all point to the investment by ASUS in enabling better and more readily accessible performance tuning. ASUS remains fully committed to the power user and enthusiast markets, offering a range of Intel® Z77-based motherboards designed for overclocking. This includes better materials, smarter layout, and tougher components, but also covers user-friendly features that make tapping computing potential easier. ”

To get a look at some of the other Z77 motherboards available, check out the archived version of this PC Perspective Live stream! Also, please check out our Ivy Bridge processor review to learn about the latest Intel CPUs.


Source: ASUS

April 25, 2012 | 12:13 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Thanks for giving a link to where the information came from. /sarcasm

April 25, 2012 | 12:27 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

It will eventually appear here: "" but a public facing press release wasn't available at time of writing. The article will be updated when it goes live on the Asus site.

EDIT: as far as the source, it came straight from Asus itself, hence the source link being Asus heh.

April 25, 2012 | 06:53 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Hmm the Asus news page is down for me. But it will likely show up there later this week.

April 25, 2012 | 08:57 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Now if ASUS could just stop making crappy system software. Live update launches every time I turn my laptop on! More like Inspiring Irritation Persistent Pestering!

April 25, 2012 | 04:26 PM - Posted by JSL

why dont you just remove the damn start-up registry entry?

you can use ccleaner to do that if you're windows inept.

April 25, 2012 | 05:02 PM - Posted by Somar (not verified)

Any info on what they used to cool it?

April 25, 2012 | 06:54 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

For the 7GHz clock, I believe they used LN2, not sure what they used with the other records, it didn't say.

April 26, 2012 | 01:08 PM - Posted by 200380051 (not verified)

hmm.. FX's 8.5 GHz record, safe for a while? chances are there, but too early to say imo.

not that it's revelant performance-wise, but it shows process node and architecture potential, so good sign nonetheless.

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