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AMD's SB750 is a secret weapon Print E-mail
Written by Lars-Göran Nilsson   
Monday, 21 April 2008 16:29

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AMD might be struggling a bit when it comes to the clock speed of its processors at the moment, nor are they great overclockers, but AMD has managed to conjure up some magic in its upcoming SB750 Southbridge which should help them when it comes to overclocking.

We reported about AMD's upcoming range of Southbridges back in January, but it looks like AMD decided to ditch the SB710 and integrate those features into the SB750, or more precisely the OverDrive 3.0, which we weren't quite sure what it was all about back then, apart from the fact that it had something to do with overclocking.

However, it turns out it wasn't in the way we thought, at least not if our source is correct, as it turns out the the secret here has something to do with this new Southbridge being able to unlock some extra overclocking potential in AMD's CPUs.

From what we've been told, AMD demoed a board with the SB750, which struggled to overlock the CPU to 3GHz, but once the overclocking feature was enabled the same CPU had no problem reaching 3.2GHz. We can't reveal exactly how this feature was enabled, as our source asked us not to, but it looks like AMD has a secret weapon when it comes to overclocking its CPUs here.

Now it's just a matter of waiting for this new Southbridge to become available and to see how well this works on production motherboards, We can only hope it will be even better than on the reference board.

 
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