Well, this takes overclocking to a whole new level! The German Youtuber der8auer managed to overclock an old AMD FX-8350 to an extremely high clock speed of 8.1 GHz. Of course, that endeavor asked for a lot of cooling that you and I aren’t gonna go for. The results were quite interesting.
Despite the crazy high clock speed, the experiment does however prove that modern CPU efficiency has come quite a ways. When compared to a Ryzen 5 3600, the overclocked FX-8350 was short of just a few points in Cinenbench R15. The overclocked processor finished at 172 pts in Cinebench R15, whereas a Ryzen 5 3600 can reach 196 pts
The FX-8350 was one of those AMD CPUs which ran infamously hot, with a base clock of 4 Ghz and a boost of 4.2 GHz. Looking at the specs of that processor, it’s an 8-core CPU without SMT. Built on the 32nm process, it’s quite a different beast when compared to the modern 7nm processors with Ryzen.
It makes for an interesting experiment and shows how far AMD has come. Even budget $100 CPUs can reach scores almost as high as this, and the upcoming Ryzen 4000 series (Zen 3) will provide us with even more gains.