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Gigabyte’s 8 GHz Alder Lake world record discussions are over. Doc TB, the developer of CPU-Z Validator, has confirmed that CPU-Z has rejected Gigabyte’s offering after the manufacturer could not confirm its overclocking success.

The CPU-Z team is in contact with Gigabyte to shed light on the overclocking record. However, Gigabyte apparently couldn’t send concrete proofs on how it got the Core i9-12900K to 8 GHz. As you know, the name of the well-known overclocker HiCookie was mentioned in this process. However, this name again admitted that it could not achieve results like 8 GHz.

The developer behind CPU-Z mentioned an issue where we were able to exploit silicon bugs and fake clock speeds inside Alder Lake chips despite Intel’s 0x12 microcode correction. The team is aware of the workaround and is diligently working on a new CPU-Z revision to identify people using this bug.

On the other hand, according to the rumors, this is not the first time. Gigabyte announced that when the Ryzen 5 5950X was released, it broke the world record with 6.362.16 MHz with an overclocking trial with the X570 Aorus Master motherboard. This record was later rejected due to a known bug in the Ryzen 5000 chips.

The CPU-Z team is preparing a new algorithm to identify real and fake tesdollars and will reprocess all Alder Lake entries to remove fake ones. Currently, the current record with the Core i9-12900K is reportedly achieved by overclocker Jon “Elmor” Sandström with 7,543.95 MHz with liquid helium on ASUS’ ROG Maximus Z690 Apex motherboard.


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