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Is Overclocking Immoral?

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My dear visitors, I can tell you that I have come across a lot of animosities from the really straight-up type of law book fellows who have told me how irresponsible and immoral my website is. There are quite a few different ways to respond to this topic:

  • If you are unwilling or afraid to overclock your CPU, there is no reason to annoy other people with your opinion. Just because the CPU manufacturers have an opinion on overclocking does not make it the right one. People who are overclocking their CPUs appreciate and respect this point of view, but choose to see it differently and are benefiting from their opinion. As long as there is no sentence against overclocking, we are not doing anything against the law and hence there is no pleasure in denunciation. Period!
  • It is also fairly questionable if there actually is a difference between Pentium chips with different official clock speeds. The best example of this is the P150 and the P166. Isn't it strange, that all P150s are standard voltage chips and almost all P166s are VRE voltage chips? Doesn't it sound like Intel is using the same chip in both of them, but it only runs stable enough at 166 MHz with VRE voltage. Intel is selling the P150 only to satisfy the market and probably gets a good chuckle at the stupidity of the general public who don't realize this.
  • In Europe there are a lot remarked Pentium chips around, as recently discovered when all over Europe there were several concurrent razzias against criminal organizations that re-marked thousands of P133s to P166. The proud owners of these CPUs are convinced they have a real P166, just because it's written on the chip. Do you think such things do not occur in the US? Hahaha!! I'm wondering how many people own faked P166s, who would NEVER overclock their CPU! Isn't that a funny thought? Did you know that Intel isn't interested in marking their chips reliably via a software readout at all? As long as they sell enough chips, they don't mind the re-marking of Pentiums. They even tried to avoid the publication of the recent events in Europe and I bet hardly anybody in the US ever heard about that.
  • The main idea behind sensible overclocking is simply to use your brain, which brings me back to my 'car driving' introduction. If you want to successfully overclock your system without any loss in reliability, you will have to take care of proper cooling, do decent testing, and stay within the bounds of common sense. Don't try to overclock a P100 to 200 MHz or anything crazy like that. Just use your brain!
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    alzheimerz , December 29, 2010 4:21 AM
    Wow! History..
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    Anonymous , March 23, 2011 2:13 PM
    I started reading it and got to " Pentium 120 to a Pentium 133." and realised the article is 13 years old, amazing!
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    mewithsfi , April 17, 2011 2:57 PM
    quotemsg=1553,1,1]What is overclocking? Why? Why not? Is overclocking immoral? Requirements, Goals, Techniques of overclocking. How can I find out, which bus speed my motherboard supports? Special Precautions for 75 and 83 MHz Bus Speed. Overclocking the Intel Pentium. Overclocking the Intel Pentium Pro. Overclocking the Cyrix/IBM 6x86. Overclocking the AMD K5. Overclocking Step by Step.

    Overclocking Guide : Read more [/quotemsg]

    Even though this article is 14 years old the basics are still the basics. Technology has changed alot since this post. Talking about a trip down memory lane. Thanks Tom

    Overclocking to the EXTREME
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    Anonymous , June 5, 2011 3:34 AM
    overclocking generates a lot of heat, .i think that when you overclocked that processor it will cause a damage to mobo, because some of the pentium pro processor doesn't require heat sink?
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    Anonymous , December 16, 2012 2:07 PM
    Great article
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    mHonfy , December 5, 2013 5:18 AM
    Yes, great Article! I still have my Pentium MMX 166Mhz @ 233Mhz in a Packard Bell Legend Tower Computer.
    As far as I remember, there were 2 types of P1 166MMX processors. Only special types could be overclocked. Easy 233Mhz from 166Mhz.
    Ages ago, when I got my 166MMX I swapped it to another one, and changed the jumper setting on my motherboard. My PC still runes @233Mhz. There is no heat generated although I applied a small fan over the silent heatsink. Good times! :)