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IDF The overclocking scamps of "Team AMD FX" are celebrating the Intel Developer Forum's opening day in their own special way: by accepting a fastest-chip-ever award at an event a mere block away from Intel's geekfest.

"We applaud AMD for their entry into Guinness World Records for achieving the Highest Frequency of a Computer Processor," said Freddie Hoff, adjudicator for Guinness World Records, who will present the award to AMD on Tuesday at the chipmaker's Fusion Zone technology showcase in downtown San Francisco.

How highest is highest? Team AMD FX – "a group comprised of elite overclocking specialists working alongside top AMD technologists," according to an AMD release – clocked a prerelease eight-core AMD FX desktop processor to a zippy 8.429GHz, beating the previous record of 8.308GHz.

The Bulldozer-core FX processors, code-named "Zambezi", are set to ship in the final quarter of this year. AMD says that the FX parts "will offer completely unlocked processor clock multipliers for easier PC enthusiast overclocking ... giving overclockers and PC enthusiasts complete customization and flexibility."

And sticking a thumb in Intel's eye on the opening day of their annual San Francisco IDF developers' bash. ®

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