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Intel to Stunt Overclocking on Sandy Bridge CPUs

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 108 comments

This could be the end of the line...

Are you a fan of Intel CPUs but also love overclocking? Then there may be a reason to not look forward to the upcoming Sandy Bridge. 

According to slides shown by Hong Kong-based HKEPC's YouTube channel, Sandy Bridge will have a single single internal clock generator issuing the basic 100MHz base clock that'll run for the USB, SATA, PCI, PCI-E, CPU cores, Uncore, and RAM.

The clock generator will be a part of the P67 chipset and will transmit via to DMI bus to the CPU. This means that the user won't be able to tweak the CPU speed without affecting the entire system.

Bit-tech claims to have spoken to one of its Taiwanese motherboard sources, and early tests show that even upping the base clock by a measly 5 MHz caused the USB to fail and SATA bus to corrupt.

We're sure that motherboard makers are doing everything they can to come up with a way around this, which could make for a huge competitive point that'll cater to the enthusiast market.

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    welshmousepk , July 28, 2010 8:11 AM
    :lol: 

    hear that? thats the sounds of 10 million people suddenly becoming AMD buyers...
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    welshmousepk , July 28, 2010 8:36 AM
    in further news, intel today announced they are allowing for only a single RAM slot on their new mobos, No PCI expansion slots, and no longer supporting aftermarket coolers.


    they are also creating a new oATX spec, using an octagonal shape only supporting dodecahedronic case, built specifically by a guy named borris who works in accounting.
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    CTPAHHIK , July 28, 2010 8:34 AM
    There is always option two -> AMD
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  • 64 Hide
    welshmousepk , July 28, 2010 8:11 AM
    :lol: 

    hear that? thats the sounds of 10 million people suddenly becoming AMD buyers...
  • 20 Hide
    Anonymous , July 28, 2010 8:13 AM
    Load of *****, i cant see any benefit to this except to monatise an already lucrative market and to bend their consumers over and pay PAY for the privilege of OC'ing
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    one-shot , July 28, 2010 8:17 AM
    They said the same about Bloomfield/1366 i7s being unable to overclock, too.

    Does anyone remember this?

    http://news.softpedia.com/news/Intel-No-Overclocking-for-Mainstream-Nehalems-84019.shtml

    I'll believe it when I see it.
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    pcworm , July 28, 2010 8:19 AM
    darn.. the abusive intel
    trying to sell their 900$ chips when 250$ (i7 920)can easily be overclocked to reach that potential (no more)..
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    L0tus , July 28, 2010 8:27 AM
    Brilliant move.

    Somebody give these guys a Nobel prize!

    /sarcasm
  • 34 Hide
    CTPAHHIK , July 28, 2010 8:34 AM
    There is always option two -> AMD
  • 47 Hide
    welshmousepk , July 28, 2010 8:36 AM
    in further news, intel today announced they are allowing for only a single RAM slot on their new mobos, No PCI expansion slots, and no longer supporting aftermarket coolers.


    they are also creating a new oATX spec, using an octagonal shape only supporting dodecahedronic case, built specifically by a guy named borris who works in accounting.
  • 29 Hide
    welshmousepk , July 28, 2010 8:44 AM
    ^ obvious troll is obvious.
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    iqvl , July 28, 2010 9:03 AM
    WOW! Intel must be very confident that Sandy Bridge at stock will beat heavily OCed hex Bulldozer?????? Anyway, it's of no concern to me, because I am pretty sure that my i5 will last long enough so that SandyBridege/Bulldozer are meaningless to me.
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    one-shot , July 28, 2010 9:14 AM
    utengineerI side with you somewhat because overclocking only benefits very few people in real application use. If you get your rocks off to doing synthetic benchmarks all day and night, then you might want to consider a new hobby. Overclockers probably make up about less than 5% of the market anyways.What the article didn't say, was that the stock line-up of Sandy bridge will DESTROY any overclocked AMD product yesterday, today and tomorrow.


    Overclockers may only make up %5 percent of Intel's revenue, but you can't deny they have great influence on friends and family when it comes to purchasing PCs.
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    aznshinobi , July 28, 2010 9:16 AM
    Lol, AMD is now my official stay with company XD
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    hardcore_gamer , July 28, 2010 9:26 AM
    ay caramba !
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    kokin , July 28, 2010 9:58 AM
    utengineerWhat the article didn't say, was that the stock line-up of Sandy bridge will DESTROY any overclocked AMD product yesterday, today and tomorrow.

    That's a big claim you have there. I hope you have the balls to say that same statement 5-10 years down the line.
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    rohitbaran , July 28, 2010 10:22 AM
    AMD! Hearing that? Provide overclocking and people will have a good reason to buy your CPU over Intel's.
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    avatar_raq , July 28, 2010 10:37 AM
    I believe this piece of news is a well-guided rumor released by intel itself, after hurrying up sandy bridge launch, intel needs something to rush people to jump into the bandwagon and buy their current CPUs instead of waiting for the new ones, thus clearing up current inventories. My bet is the next CPUs will OC very well seeing that they'll be 32nm.
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    Anonymous , July 28, 2010 10:47 AM
    This is a good way to drive up 980X sales today. By 'leaking' a rumor there's no OC'ing SandyBridge, marginal buyers can be pushed to buy 980X today. Then when it does ship, it can come with OC features and a big, 'WE never SAID it wouldn't OC. Those slides with our name on it were under NDA anyways...'
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