Intel Core i9-14900KF breaks 9.04 GHz CPU frequency record, 9.1 GHz already in sight

Published: Oct 18th 2023, 07:58 GMT   Comments

Intel’s new CPU secures another frequency world record

The previously held record of 9.0 GHz has now been pushed even further.

The latest CPU series appears to be a modest improvement, featuring slightly higher clock speeds compared to the existing platform. However, when combined with improved Z790 motherboards, it has created an opportunity for extreme overclocking, as demonstrated by the ASUS ROG OC team. Within the ASUS labs, overclocking experts such as SkatterBencher, Elmor, Shamino, and Bing collaborated to push the Core i9-14900KF to achieve record-breaking clock speeds, moving the boundaries further for consumer products.

To achieve a 9.1 GHz frequency, the team employed liquid helium, a cooling method that is gaining popularity over liquid nitrogen for extreme overclocking. This endeavor spanned an entire week and resulted in numerous world records for frequency, although not all of them could be validated through CPU-Z. Developers of this tool have confirmed that, leading up to the launch of the 14th Gen Core series, some overclockers attempted to manipulate CPU-Z into validating artificially inflated frequencies. The good news is that the CPU-Z development team promptly identified and addressed these efforts to maintain the integrity of the validation process. Elmor’s team was still able to achieve a new world record regardless.

On the ROG Maximus Z790 Apex Encore, ASUS’s latest overclocking motherboard, the team managed to achieve an impressive frequency of 9043.92 MHz, marking the second time they exceeded 9 GHz and the second time their achievement was officially validated by the CPU-Z utility, leaving no room for doubt.

Intel Core i9-14900KF at 9.04 GHz (record) and 9.1 GHz (not validated), Source: Skatterbencher

The achieved score currently stands as the highest frequency ever recorded on a desktop CPU, as verified by the HWBOT ranking. Regrettably, the impressive 9.1 GHz clock speed reached during this attempt couldn’t be officially validated, but it appears to be a technicality that will hopefully be resolved in the near future.

Elmor and his team have now secured the top position in the HWBOT ranking, surpassing their own previous score from last year, which they accomplished with the Intel 13th Gen Core series. This demonstrates their consistent leadership in the field of extreme overclocking.

Intel Core i9-14900KF claims the world record, Source: HWBOT

Source: CPU-Z validation, SkatterBencher:

[SkatterBencher] Intel at 9.1 GHZ (33,895 views)

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