How I Overclocked Ryzen 9 5950X to 6 GHz and a World Record

My LN2 Pot got an imprint of the 5950X burned into it.  (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)

The Ryzen 5000 series CPUs from AMD landed a few weeks ago, and after I’ve had about two dozen liquid nitrogen (LN2) overclocking sessions with chips with various core counts, the records are starting to fall. These chips are just flying! 

I would go as far as to say the marketing hype and multi-day-info-trickle that was the release actually undersold how good these processors are. I’m not just comparing Team Red vs Team Blue here, but Team Red mainstream vs Team Red high end desktop (HEDT) processors. In fact, the Ryzen 9 5950x on liquid nitrogen competes with water-cooled 64-core Threadrippers in the GPUPI benchmark for CPU 1B! This is jaw dropping and helps make it one of the best CPUs you can buy. More on this later. Let’s see how these Ryzen 9 5950x’s perform from an extreme overclocker’s perspective. 

Sytem Specs

CPU AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16 Core
Motherboard ASRock X570 Taichi
CPU Cooler Enermax Aquafusion 360 AIO
Power Supply Enermax Maxtytan 1250W PSU
Thermal Paste Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut Extreme TIM

(Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)

I used the Enermax Aquafusion 360 for binning the chips. It kept the Ryzen 9 5950X in the 80C range at 1.35V and a 4.8 GHz clock rate while still managing to maintain low fan speeds. It handled the 5950X’s 16 cores, which hit around 300 watts under load, without a blink of an eye. As you would imagine, the lower core-count Ryzen models are also not a problem. The Aquafusion’s three fans definitely help to maintain better temps over a long period of time, and they don’t allow the loop to get saturated with heat. Also, my son loves the RGB. 

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