Saturday, August 20, 2005

Secret Overclocking

So this is interesting. In the competitive motherboard market, ASUS has started (at least with one motherboard) secretly overclocking the bus speed by 2MHz:

Secret Overclocking In ASUS Motherboards!

In other words, you set your bus speed in the BIOS to 200MHz and it ACTUALLY gets set to 202MHz. Set it to 201MHz and it gets set to 203MHz and so on...

This doesn't sound like much, but it ends up increasing the processor speed by 33MHz and the memory speed by 3.3MHz. This can make a big difference in bench marks. It's really unfair, because reviewers will naively compare one motheboard to another not realizing that one motherboard is configured to run faster than the other.

So that's pretty slimey...

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