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Three Theories Where The Customer Comes Out Ahead

A 4.1 GHz Dual Core at $130 - Can it be True?
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Now we must raise the obvious question: "why is Intel bringing this CPU to market?" We have three possible theories to explain this offering. The first is that with 65 nm process technology, processor manufacturing is working out better than Intel expected, allowing it to offer a larger product portfolio. Thus, to empty the warehouses of processors built using 90 nm technology and to avoid financial drawbacks, older technology products must be made more attractive to buyers. Clock speeds and prices will both be reduced dramatically, to permit a quick sell-off of the 90 nm parts.

The second theory is that this CPU has been released deliberately, to give Intel an option for going after AMD's position in the overclocking market. The latter vendor has offered its lower-frequency Opteron 144 to the server segment for some time now, which likewise occupies a similar price point and provides comparable overclocking appeal.

Finally, the third possibility we might suggest is that the Pentium D 805 represents nothing more than a simple OEM CPU that just happens to incorporate a lucky combination of technical characteristics that support great overclocking potential.

In the end, it's immaterial which of these theories is correct. In every case, the customer wins!

Ideal Conditions For Overclocking

From a collection of technical characteristics we can derive four key elements that a CPU must possess to demonstrate strong overclocking potential:

  • Low front side bus stock clock speed, which creates the possibility for overclocking
  • A high multiplier value, which enables the processor to attain high clock rates
  • An improved circuit version (stepping)
  • A low price, to make the cost difference with a top-of-the-line CPU sufficiently large to justify the effort required in overclocking.
Summary
  1. A Budget CPU At Top Speeds
  2. A Budget CPU At Top Speeds, Continued
  3. Inside the Pentium D 805
  4. The Secret Of The Multiplier
  5. 133 MHz FSB: Perfect For Overclocking
  6. How Is Breaking The 4 GHz Barrier Possible?
  7. How Is Breaking The 4 GHz Barrier Possible? Continued
  8. How Is Breaking The 4 GHz Barrier Possible? Continued
  9. Three Theories Where The Customer Comes Out Ahead
  10. Which Memory Clock Speed Is Most Suitable?
  11. The Right Chipset
  12. Keeping Cool When Power Consumed Tops 150 Watts at 4.1 GHz
  13. Keeping Cool When Power Consumed Tops 150 Watts at 4.1 GHz, Continued
  14. Power Consumption Levels Top 200 W
  15. Power Consumption Levels Top 200 W, Continued
  16. Energy Saving Functions Lack C1E
  17. Risk-free Overclocking, Including Heat Protection
  18. Ready For The 64 Bit Future
  19. Tom's Hardware Guides Overclocking Diary
  20. 3.33 GHz Remains Stable At Standard Voltage Levels
  21. 3.33 GHz Remains Stable At Standard Voltage Levels, Continued
  22. Trouble Free Operation At 3.60 GHz
  23. At 3.8 GHz Some Minor Voltage Increases Become Necessary
  24. Water Cooling Is Recommended For 4.0 GHz
  25. Water Cooling Is Recommended For 4.0 GHz, Continued
  26. Overclocking To 4.10 GHz Boosts Basic Clock Speed By 54 Percent
  27. Overclocking To 4.10 GHz Boosts Basic Clock Speed By 54 Percent, Continued
  28. Will The System Boot At 4.3 GHz?
  29. Benchmark Results Show Performance Increases Of Up To 54 Percent
  30. 3D, Continued
  31. 3D, Continued
  32. Video Editing / Video Encoding
  33. Video, Continued
  34. Video, Continued
  35. Audio Encoding
  36. Office Applications
  37. Office Applications, Continued
  38. Parallel Applications - Multitasking
  39. Synthetic Benchmarks
  40. Synthetic Benchmarks, Continued
  41. Synthetic Benchmarks, Continued
  42. Synthetic Benchmarks, Continued
  43. Summary Overview: Who's The Winner?
  44. Conclusion: The 4.1 GHz Dual Core Delivers Peak Performance For Pocket Change
  45. Conclusion, Continued
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