5.2GHz Processor Introduced by IBM

IBM has introduced a new microprocessor that is capable of being clocked at a hefty 5.2GHz. IBM claim it is the fastest CPU currently available although there are a number of overclockers who have managed to beat 5.2Ghz quite easily. One big difference between the IBM chip and overclocking other chips is that the IBM one doesn’t require extreme cooling.

The chip uses zEnterprise technology that was created from an investment of $1.5 billion in R&D at IBM.

If you’re into details, the z196 processor is a four-core chip that contains 1.4 billion transistors on a 512-square millimeter (mm) surface. It’s manufactured using IBM’s 45 nanometer (nm) SOI processor technology, and it makes use of IBM’s patented embedded DRAM (eDRAM) technology, which allows IBM to place dense DRAM caches, or components, on the same chips as high-speed microprocessors, resulting in improved performance.

It’s certainly an impressive target reached. We aren’t sure if you’ll get one of these in your desktop any time soon.

Via: Hot Hardware

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