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Intel Sandy Bridge Final Thoughts
I hope I've covered the basics of overclocking the Sandy Bridge platforms in this article, and even more, I hope to persuade you to try it with your PC, as you don't really have anything to lose, while you have a lot to gain. When someone starts overclocking, it becomes a passion at that moment, and you don't want to use your PC at stock settings again. This way, you not only understand your PC in a better way, but it works in practice, in order to help you identify bugs and errors in different setups. You'll get accustomed to identifying variables and fix both hardware and software errors and the best part is that you'll feel satisfied with yourself as you start knowing better, each part of your PC.
More than analyzing the enhanced performance of an overclocked system versus a stock one, I hope to have prepared the terrain for those who want to start overclocking, but are scared to try it with their PCs. The reason I did all the tests with each processor was I wanted to show you an example of what you can achieve by overclocking, and how this will impact your heat production and power consumption. Also, you might be able to achieve similar clocks with similar setups. Just remember every CPU/Motherboard is different, and that means you could get better results, as well as you could have disappointing results. But overall, I think this little analysis will help you to get to know with the most "common" values and limits of Sandy Bridge CPUs.
We are close to 0 extra versions to test as we don't have any other unlocked CPU at the moment. At the time I'm writing this article, there are some signs of the Z68 chipset, which will be some kind of a hybrid between P67 and H67, but until then, we're stuck with a P67 platform and the Core i5 2500K and the i7 2600K processors.
Intel Sandy Bridge Overclocking Guide Conclusion
I want to end this article by letting you know that I'm very impressed with the overclocking abilities of the new Sandy Bridge processors. Intel made the whole overclocking process easier, and the clocks we reach with the new processors are just insane! The bad thing is that we're now fully limited to certain chipset and processors to do so, while the rest of the CPUs are fully locked to their Turbo frequencies. In the past, getting a Core i3 and overclocking it like hell was very fun, as it represented a very competitive product in the low-mid market. With Sandy Bridge there won't be any more overclocked entry-level setups, or overclocked HTPCs.
Also, there's always the point of learning and having great skills to understand how different settings and variables work, but with Sandy Bridge all things are easier, and that means more people will be able to compete or achieve high clocks without reading and visiting multiple different sites and forums as they did before. It's just a win-lose paradigm, depending on which side of the road we are positioned. I must also add that sub-zero overclocking was pretty fun to do. Intel somehow killed this as it seems Sandy Bridge CPUs won't clock that high at subzero temperatures, and the difference is minimum.
We are all expecting to see new unlocked CPUs (perhaps a Core i3 unlocked edition) and the Z68 platform along with Ivy Bridge and the new 2011 socket to see where's the future going, but meanwhile, we can get some fun with air/water coolers and the actual Sandy Bridge CPUs now that the S-ATA bug is no longer on B3 revision motherboards.
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