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Intel gives users the tools to squeeze extra performance from their systems by overclocking the processor, but don't expect the warranty to cover you if things go wrong.
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Overclocking capabilities are a main feature of Intel's 4 series chipset, said Eric Mentzer, Intel's vice president and general manager of the Graphics Development Group, in an interview at the Computex exhibition in Taipei

"We spend a lot of time working with our motherboard partners to figure out all the hidden bits inside, helping them figure out how to bring the best out of these platforms," Mentzer said.

That same ability is available to users, but it hasn't always been. Intel used to lock down its chips to prevent overclocking, but the company's mindset has changed. Overclockers are now viewed as an important market segment, rather than troublemakers.

"There's a very small segment that just love to play with this stuff," Mentzer said. "They're very important to us because they are also the people who set the tone for what they think is a good chipset."

But embracing the market doesn't mean the warranty on Intel chips will cover overclocking. Intel puts its chips through a strenuous testing process, and the chips are guaranteed to perform reliably to the levels tested -- and no further.

"When we do that, inherently there's a lot of margin. We know you can overclock and deliver greater performance, because effectively you're tapping into the margins we've designed into the product.... But of course, we can't stand by that because we'd have to test to that (level of performance)," Mentzer said.
http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/...arranty_1.html

Nothing new here, warranty has never covered overclocking.

Anyone who actually believed the 'Intel will lock Nehalem' FUD might want to reconsider.. They're not going to say this and then months later lock down their chips.
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yes but Intel enthusiasts like on OCN, only make up a small fraction of the market. if intel got more buyers in the highend market i would be amazed... but it's kind of hard for people to buy CPU's $500-$1000+ right now, especially in the USA, when we are in this recession, etc.....
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yes but Intel enthusiasts like on OCN, only make up a small fraction of the market. if intel got more buyers in the highend market i would be amazed... but it's kind of hard for people to buy CPU's $500-$1000+ right now, especially in the USA, when we are in this recession, etc.....
High end? They're on about the chipset. P45, decidedly not high-end, more mid-end.

This is general support of overclocking across the board. They're shipping overclocking software branded proudly with Intel now. I think it's pretty big. It's not about the $1000 Extreme Editions, it's about everything.
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http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/...arranty_1.html

Nothing new here, warranty has never covered overclocking.

Anyone who actually believed the 'Intel will lock Nehalem' FUD might want to reconsider.. They're not going to say this and then months later lock down their chips.
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High end? They're on about the chipset. P45, decidedly not high-end, more mid-end.

This is general support of overclocking across the board. They're shipping overclocking software branded proudly with Intel now. I think it's pretty big. It's not about the $1000 Extreme Editions, it's about everything.
From what I've read, I don't quite think you are grasping the whole situation. It's not a matter of locking down the chips as it is having to overclock via a different method. That's why the Bloomfield chipset is made; it allows the user to overclock. But don't expect the mainstream chips and motherboards to be easily manipulated because of the new architecture.
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From what I've read, I don't quite think you are grasping the whole situation. It's not a matter of locking down the chips as it is having to overclock via a different method. That's why the Bloomfield chipset is made; it allows the user to overclock. But don't expect the mainstream chips and motherboards to be easily manipulated because of the new architecture.
LGA1366 won't necessarily be just $1000 chips. I see that as highly unlikely.
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Even though we are a small part of the market, we are still part of the market.
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LGA1366 won't necessarily be just $1000 chips. I see that as highly unlikely.
I never said the overclocking chips would be $1000. I think the whole point of the separate overclocking chipset is that the default clock is external (not on the processor) on those motherboards, so they are overclockable (at least more easily than if the PLL were on the chip like it is on the mainstream CPUs).
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