Ryzen 5 1600X Nearly Hits 6GHz, Sets New Clockspeed Record for 6-Core Processors

Apr 14, 2017 06:30 AM EDT | Yen Palec

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With the Ryzen 7 lineup taking aim at the performance and enthusiasts market, AMD is rolling out the latest Ryzen 5 lineup with the mainstream gaming market in its sights. With benchmarks from notable testers coming out, it would appear that AMD may have finally hit the sweet spot between performance and cost.

It is clear that the Ryzen 5 lineup is aimed to go against Intel's Core i5 family of processors. While recent benchmark tests have proved this to be quite true, the Ryzen 5 may have more trick under its sleeve.

Just a couple of days after its official release, notable overclocker Der8auer was able to push the Ryzen 5 1600X over its limits and in the process was able to set a new record.

The Ryzen 5 1600X processor is a six-core processor with a base clock of 3.6GHz and boost clock of 4GHz. The most interesting spec of this processor is its TDP, which is at 95W. This is an impressive power efficiency spec that allows a lot of headroom for overclocking, and that is exactly what Der8auer has in mind.

With the aid of liquid nitrogen, Der8auer was able to push the Ryzen 5 1600X's clock speed to 5.9GHz or 5,905.64MHz to be exact. According to PC Gamer, what is even more impressive is that he was able to achieve this without disabling any of the six cores. The record for fastest clock speed for a six-core processor was previously held by the Intel Core i7-5820K.

The record setting Ryzen 5 1600X sits on an Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero X370 motherboard. It is backed up by 2GB of G.Skill Trident Z DDR4 memory, and 128GB of Samsung SSD for storage. The rig runs on Windows 7 Pro 64-bit edition. Check out the video below.

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