Friday, August 25, 2006

Tech Link (Motherboard): ASUS P5B: New BIOS Adds Unlocking & Improved Overclocking

Asus* has just done it again. They did it before on their Asus P4GD1, Asus P4C800-E Deluxe with an Intel® Pentium® M 700 (Dothan) series of processor coupled with an Asus CT-479 adapter. Now, your Intel® Core™ 2 Duo based processor can now be unlocked, and amazingly, both up and down! I have to give it to Asus* for finding a way to open it. AMDTech has the full scoop on it, expand for more.

So is there a catch? The answer is yes and no. The X6800, as stated, is unlocked up and down, allowing the flexibility to do anything you wish with the outstanding head room of the Core 2 Duo architecture. The rest of the Core 2 Duo chips are hard-locked up and down, which greatly limits the flexibility of the head room which often runs 1000MHz, 1500 MHz, or more - depending on the CPU and motherboard. You could only access this extra power at the stock multiplier. This is actually a big negative compared to AM2 processors, where all chips are at least unlocked down.

Source:ASUS P5B: New BIOS Adds Unlocking & Improved Overclocking

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