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New low speed HT chips - better OCing?

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Jun 27, 2002
NL, Europe
markodude said:

Will these OC better? I think so, as HT is supposed to lower stress on the core etc.....and poss new stepping same as 3.06?

If HyperThreading would have any effect on overclockability it would be slightly detrimental. Don't forget what it does: it adds extra meta-computations and loads the CPU to the max whenever instructions allow so. This means HT *increases* the stress on the core. All in all this would show in a lower apparent (surface) stability in normal usage.

As far as the 3.06's stepping is concerned; it's still a C1, but it has undergone a slight change from fixed VID to multiple VID. From glancing at Intel's PCN docs it would seem that this simply allows for a more variable core voltage specification for these chips. Maybe it will result in more voltage-induced headroom in some, but it may also starve others AFAIK.