How fast can you run Haswell?

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Old chums of htxt at Benchtec and have been given early access to Intel’s latest Core processors based on the brand-new Haswell micro-architecture. And they’re treating it with the care and attention that it’s due, by trying to overclock the hell out of it this afternoon. Check out the embedded stream for a live view, which will be available as a recording when they’re done.

And yes, they’re using LN2 as well as dry ice and acetone. Huzzah for science.

They’ve got twelve motherboards and chips up and running. I reckon 5GHz is a shoe-in, 7GHz probably likely. Place your bets now.

Adam Oxford

Adam Oxford

Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar,, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.