Originally Posted by ikem
With the new sandy bridge out, and the relatively locked bus speed, there is only one way to overclock a chip, by the multi. Yes this has been the "easy" way to OC a chip, but the great knowledge of getting a great OC is the balance between the FSB and Multi. With SB, i see a lot of the same clocks out there. Always going 50x100, but now that the FSB cannot be "really" changed, there is no "skill" (by skill I mean, finding that sweet spot between FSB and Multi), to OC.
I just think that overclocking used to be something quite personal, but having the OC be limited to only Multi, everyones clock speeds will have the same integral.
But hey... it's just my 2cents
You can still tune your system as long as the ability to adjust the FSB, RAM dividers, ect are still options in the BIOS.
I also still use what I learned with Socket A for most of my tuning and even with my AM3, I've found ways to tune the system to reach a higher clock than by multi alone.
True, the way it's being done now is becoming more multi oriented but the basics still apply - It's knowing what to do with your options that makes the difference as you guys should know. Honestly, picking up an older system to learn how it all works is one way to do it and that's how I started and went from there.
Getting the basics down then moving on to the more involved ways to tune is really the only true way to pick up on OC'ing and improve one's skills at tweaking. It can be said older systems still have their uses - I still OC the older stuff sometimes just for fun and even find myself relearning a thing or two on occasion.