By Jessie Lawrence posted Aug 12th 2010
Last week, PC Pro issued a challenge to their readers. They wanted to see if anyone could beat the 60-second mark in a 3D rendering benchmark. They were able to achieve a speed of 73 seconds with an Intel® Core® i7 980X CPU. They thought they had a pretty good speed. The gauntlet had been laid down.
They got quite the response from Intel's UK office. Intel took the same Core i7 980x processor, brought its temperature down to a frigid -40° celsius, overclocked it to a blistering 5GHz and added some Dominator GT CMGTX2 DDR3 memory modules which they also overclocked to 2046MHz @ CL7. With this setup they crushed PC Pro's speed by over 30% and completed the benchmark in 50 seconds!
Congrats to Steve Anderson at Intel UK for this accomplishment. This machine is the epitome of extreme!
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