Overclockers have pushed Intel’s new Broadwell chip to 5.7GHz

Intel’s new 10-core Broadwell-E gaming chip is only a few hours old, but already overclockers have pushed a 3GHz version of the chip to 5.7GHz and they say they’re only just getting started.

Overclocking is the process by which software commands and extreme cooling are used to push processors to run faster than they are typically designed to run — the chip equivalent of putting your foot on the gas and flooring it while keeping your car under control.

At an overclocking event at the Computex trade show in Taipei on Tuesday, large tanks of liquid nitrogen stood on the ready to help overclockers keep the processors cool.

150531 intel broadwell e 2Martyn Williams

An Intel Broadwell-E chip at Computex in Taipei on May 31, 2016.

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