The Asus Overclockers team has broken the world record for the highest clock speed of a processor, which lasted for years. Using liquid helium, the team managed to overclock the Raptor Lake top model Intel Core i9-13900K to 9,008.82 MHz. The overclocking world record thus goes to Asus.
Asus team cracks overclocking world record
“It’s over 9000,” headlines the team at Asus ROG via Twitter as a reminder of the famous meme from the hit anime Dragon Ball Z. We are talking about the CPU clock frequency that the internal overclocking team around Jon “Elmor” Sandström, has reached.
With this, the Swede and his team broke the previous world record and secured the top spot in the leaderboard, which can be viewed on HWBot. The previous record holder also came from Scandinavia: “The Stilt” from Sweden managed to overclock the AMD FX-8370 processor to over 8,700 MHz over eight years ago.
Elmor and his team now took on Intel’s Raptor Lake top model Core i9-13900K, whose performance cores clock at 3.00 GHz, or 5.80 GHz in Turbo mode. In the end, the Asus team achieved a clock rate of an impressive 9,008.82 MHz and was able to maintain stable operation.
Liquid helium cools CPU to -250 degrees Celsius
In order for Elmor and his team to achieve and maintain such a high clock speed in the first place, the overclocking pros resorted to liquid helium cooling, which was used to cool the CPU down to -250.2 degrees Celsius.
The team used a total of 100 liters of helium to run the processor for about an hour. A video from SkatterBencher documents the world record attempt and also shows the problems the team had to deal with.
Two test systems had to die for the world record before the third system and the last liquid helium reserves were finally used to achieve stable operation and break the overclocking record.
This is the first time a CPU has exceeded the clock speed of 9 GHz. But it’s not the first record attempt that went hand in hand with the Intel Core i9-13900K. Third place in the world ranking list currently goes to the South Korean safedisk, who was already able to reach 8,716 MHz with exactly the same CPU about two months ago. In total, the 13th generation Core i9 is found four times in the top 10, while the list is otherwise dominated by AMD FX processors.