SAN FRANCISCO: CHIP DESIGNER AMD already has 5GHz Vishera chips running.
AMD's Vishera CPU is expected to tip up later this year and the firm already has a watercooled chip running at 5GHz. The part, which The INQUIRER has seen running stable, is a watercooled Vishera chip, though the firm admitted that the demonstration chip wasn't running at stock speed.
According to our source the Vishera chip is based on the Piledriver architecture but will not be factory clocked at 5GHz, which seems to tally with marketing materials that have surfaced. However the source said that water cooling will be required to hit the 5GHz clock speed that we saw running stable while running benchmarks.
AMD's Bulldozer based chips have disappointed but they are renowned for overclockability. Should the firm manage to produce Piledriver chips that can again easily be overclocked with prepackaged watercooling, that might pique the interest of overclockers who fancy the challenge of hitting high frequencies.
AMD is expected to launch the Vishera processor sometime in October. µ