Hey everyone, first post but been looking around a bit for my new computer. (The one in my profile, I think)
I was simply wondering if the Intel C2D e6850 3.0GHz was essentially an officially oc'ed e6750 2.66GHz, akin to what happens with superclocked etc. graphics cards, or whether it uses a different design to regulate heat.
The real reason for this is, if it is the same and just oc'ed then I may as well just buy the e6750 and oc it myself, if however it is different, is there any justification of the extra price? And could I achieve the same clock for a similar temperature?
These regular CPUs have locked multipliers, the e6850 at 333x9 and the e6750 at 333x8. The "9" and "8" are fixed depending on which you purchase. Unlike factory-overclocked graphics cards, which hardly have any headroom, these CPUs have substantial o/c potential. Both should easily hit 3.6GHz on stock parts, as long as your board can support the proper FSB and possibly small adjustment to voltage. You can go much further with good cooling and higher voltage.
The design is otherwise the same. Even the binning is said to be identical.