Intel plans overclocker-friendly Clarkdale, Lynnfield CPUs

By Jos ยท 19 replies
Mar 5, 2010
  1. Intel and AMD have been selling overclocker-friendly processors with unlocked multipliers for quite some time now. Initially this option was reserved for expensive chips competing in the upper-tier of the market. However, with AMD's inability to deliver anything that can match Intel's most powerful offerings, the company has been experimenting with more affordable Black Edition processors to stay competitive in the low to mid end.

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  2. PaulWuzHere

    PaulWuzHere TS Guru Posts: 271

    I'm interested in seeing how the ease of overclocking matches that of the Black Editions. Will Intel release a program like AMD's "Overdrive"?

    They have my attention. Also its nice to see that Intel isn't ignoring the vast majority of us now. Not everyone can drop $300+ on just a CPU.
  3. paynetrain007

    paynetrain007 TS Rookie Posts: 88

    Cheaper Chips and more features? Sounds like Intel is having to do some work to make up for that unfair use lawsuit.
  4. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515


    humm, overclocking can be dangerous in wrong hands LOL. would like to check it out when will be confirmed, i'm going back to intel after 6 - 7 years of fidelity to an AMD system.

  5. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 529   +7

    This doesn't make sense to me unless they are concerned about AMD gaining market share at the low-mid price point. Which based on a lot of visitors to this site, may be a valid concern. I will be curious to see how far they can over clock, or whether it will really make a difference in the overclock potential.
  6. UT66

    UT66 TS Rookie Posts: 143

    no LGA 775 support? then this idea is useless, buy the new LGA1156 motherboard ( soon to be discontinued) the ddr3 memory ( with minimal gains) the LGA1156 cpu cooler, etc, might as well buy that core 7 garbage and get over with it. (no need to btw, my retro 3.2ghz E6600 is all i need)
  7. levar

    levar TS Rookie Posts: 229

    I'd like to see what Intel is gonna come up with, anyone know where I can find a AMD Phenom II X3 720 in stock newegg, tigerdirect & ZipZoomfly all out! This is one of the best overclocker-friendly processors from AMD hence it not being in stock on some of the best places to shop for PC hardware. Its a good thing Intel started following AMD.
  8. ourboyblue

    ourboyblue TS Rookie Posts: 19

    "overclocker-friendly" what's not to like...
  9. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    LGA 1156 mobos are still about twice as expensive as AM3 ones... any small gains from the unlocked multiplier chips won't push their performance/price ratio any higher.
  10. elroacho72

    elroacho72 TS Rookie Posts: 116

    How long has it taken Intel to pay attention to AMD consumer base? Users like to have control even if it means burning up some hardware.If does not have 775 pin support then they still don't get it.
  11. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I thought you could already overclock the i3 and i5 chips.

    Is there that much of an advantage in changing the multiplier vs the frequency?
  12. Renegeek

    Renegeek TS Enthusiast Posts: 93

    Personaly, i'v been buying both intel & AMD, just depending on what it is going to be used for... Intel would be for Biz stuff, and AMD for gameing... i think, both CO. are doing a great job at advanceing in the Technology, of mhz, and cores, and enengy saveing... (i'm not a type of person that buys asap, when cpu comes out, i check out all specs, and price and wait for all the bugs to be worked out...) so its good that Intel is working on overclocking features, because everybody wants different options... so thats good for the consumer... & the CO. Win-Win situation...
  13. skitzo_zac

    skitzo_zac TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 418

    Cool, good work by intel. Reaching out to the enthusiasts without making them drop insane ammounts of cash on a CPU just to get an unlocked multiplier.
  14. pyari

    pyari TS Rookie Posts: 66

    now its time to learn how to overclock. but I don't think I can do that coz if I fried my peripheral I can't offered another....limitation of budget ya.

    anyway why we need to overclock?
  15. Yoda8232

    Yoda8232 TS Rookie Posts: 145

    Extremely dangerous news for AMD's Black Edition line-up, AMD better release something new (will the X6's actually kill or good just for show?) or do something crazy because these the new AM3's are barely hanging on to the 1156's in performance, though price is a big difference.
  16. Serag

    Serag TS Booster Posts: 181

    What about releasing a similar program to AMD's Overdrive ?
  17. EduardsN

    EduardsN TS Rookie Posts: 51

    I'm more excited about the Phenom II x6 processors! The Phenoms II's are great for gaming
  18. cocodel

    cocodel TS Rookie Posts: 16

    Intel should reduce CPU prices and make them more compatibile with older motherboards and not force consumers buy new motherboards with every CPU they put on market.For vast majority no need overclocking ! but if you are an fanatic gamer go ahead on your own risc!
  19. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    Sounds interesting but I will wait for the official announcement and some testing before I buy into it. "they were considering the possibility" sounds like they're trying to get people to wait on buying a CPU but it may or may not happen.
  20. fref

    fref TS Enthusiast Posts: 153

    This shows that competition is always good for customers. Let's hope that this is true and that it will actually see the light of day.
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