AMD has done a fantastic job here overall, and we’re very aware this is the start to the end of our company in general. As both AMD and Intel optimize their binning process more and more, overclocking will not be possible as CPUs will boost themselves on their own to the highest clocks possible.
Likely density and architecture.What's keeping AMD from hitting higher clock speeds?
Because it is 12 cores. That makes a lot of heat. If you try to run 12 cores at 1.35V too much heat would be produced, it isn't really a problem with voltage safety. Silicon Lottery tests with Prime95 for hours, so you can imagine how much heat Prime95 makes. If you're just gaming you can push up your voltage more.I might be completely misinterpreting something or just didn't catch something from the article, but is there a reason why voltages were kept so low? Surely they could have gained another 100 or 200 MHz simply by raising voltages to 1.35-ish volts without much detriment to the health of the processor? If it is heat related, then does SL mention that? Or is it simply because that number is the highest clock they will reach regardless of the voltage used, so they simply lowered the voltage to the lowest they could while keeping that max clock? That and the voltages used to achieve each result for each chip is quite different?
Obviously SL isn't here to provide benchmark data for processors, they are just tuning these chips to their own standard, then going the extra mile to publish data on the results, but I'm just curious.
That's what I assumed. But...Or is it simply because that number is the highest clock they will reach regardless of the voltage used, so they simply lowered the voltage to the lowest they could while keeping that max clock?
I suspect (due to binning) that a lower percentage of the 3700X models will reach the speeds of the 3800X. However, that's just a hypothesis, and your assertion is not grounded in hard data. The numbers presented only prove that at a lower voltage, you achieve lower overclocks.Surprisingly, the Ryzen 7 3700X shows lower overclocking potential. Only 21% of Ryzen 7 3700X parts got to 4.15 GHz on 1.262V.