Posted 06 June 2007 - 08:41 AM
FWIW - back in the good old days the multipliers weren't locked and it was the easiest way to overclock a processor. AMD used to cut the traces on their processors (the old Thunderbird one's at least) and you could unlock the multiplier with a pencil.
Generally there's only 2 ways to raise (overclock) the processor speed. That is you'll either raise the multiplier or raise the Front Side Bus (FSB) speed. Given that the multiplier is locked, the only recourse is to raise the FSB.
In the old days, raising the FSB would raise the speed of all the components on the system - so the overclock was limited by the weakest link in the system (could have been video, could have been RAM, could have been the processor, could have even been the motherboard). With the newer mobo's, these speeds (and the relationships between them) are customizable - so you can raise the FSB without adversely impacting the rest of the system. This will result in a higher, stable overclock for the processor.
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