Originally Posted by Jonesey I7
That article was before they revised the bios for each board to support cpu pll overvoltage.
The article was written after cpu pll overvoltage was implemented, because the article specifically mentions how the use of cpu pll overvoltage improves the ability to overclock. However, it's not clear from reading the article whether the 100 D2 processors were tested with or without cpu pll overvoltage enabled to arrive at those percentages that are listed. Based on the fact that the processors are D2, I suspect the tests were done with cpu pll overvoltage enabled.
Now, I doubt anyone here has ordered 100 SB processors and tested them to see how they perform. I would be shocked if anyone on this forum has even had access to 5 CPUs. The users here are kind of a biased sample group because most people don't post the results of a 5.0Ghz overclock unless it succeeds. You don't see a lot of "I just wanted to let everyone know my attempts to overclock my 2600k to 5.0Ghz were a total failure." I suspect the serious overclockers simply exchange out the lesser-performing CPU and get a new one to overclock.