Uhh that guy doesn't seem to know what he's talking about. Intel chips are not "clock locked" they're multiplier locked, and that doesn't prevent you from overclocking at all. Not only that, the chip he showed in the picture is ES and is not multiplier locked, so he could have overclocked it just like an unlocked Athlon if he had wanted to - or perhaps I should say if he had a clue.
Look at his follow up.. He shouldn't have posted it to begin with!
"Okay, I thank you all for you feedback, positive or not.
As a reviewer, I write not only based on facts, but also on my personal observations when handling and testing the hardware. My duty is to be honest; to write what I see. If I experienced A and wrote B, THAT would be lying.
To answer the jeering about clock-locking I have this:
I could not overclock either chip Intel gave me, either via FSB tweaking or multiplier changing. It simply did not respond to the new settings. This was attempted on 3 different motherboards without yielding any differences. Therefore I conclude that the chips I received are clock locked. However the review also states that the chips were engineering samples. None of my motherboards' CMOS could recognize the chips properly, let alone overclock them.
As for 1.6 and 1.8 Northwoods being readily available and overclockable:
I am a Malaysian. I scout the Malaysian market, based on retail outlets in and around the Klang Valley. Out of all of them only several stocked the said chips last month although nearly all carry the chip now. I personally have not bought one for overclocking purposes. I do have limited finances. As for the Westerm side of the world, I have been aware of their availability for some time, but still, it's a Malaysian review done by one who distrusts online sales.
Finally, the SysMARK 2001 issue:
Both Windows XP and BAPCo's website have cautioned against installing said program on Windows XP as it would not only jeopardize system stability but also return inaccurate results. If the benchmark can't produce accurate results there's no point installing and running it.
I welcome any further arguments in this debate. However I will not reply to personal flaming.
Thank you for your feedback. It will help improve the quality of future reviews."