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Old March 2, 2007, 08:59 AM
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Default Is this the Overclocking Golden Age?

As you know, I'm pretty new to the overclocking game so I'll offer up my somewhat limited perspective, and then you can shoot holes in it all you want:

My question is: Have we reached a new golden age of overclocking? To answer this, we must first decide what a golden age is- this is where the disagreement will lie. Some would say that the golden age is homologous to the dawn of overclocking- back when people were first discovering new ways to cool their computers to achieve higher performance and it was a somewhat exclusive hobby for an elite cohort of true enthusiasts-back before cases came already packed with watercooling gear, and before motherboards were designed for "xtreme overclocking". -the pioneer days when the best overclocking was done out in the shed in january :-). I would imagine that anyone who can actually say that they were a part of this beginning would be happy to nostalgically claim that it was the golden age, and thereby claim exclusive rights to it. I think they would be particularly likely to do so if they don't yet have a C2D and haven't yet had the pleasure of a 60-100% overclcock ;-)

Today, however, overclocking has higher rewards and is accessible to many more people: As a result it's practised by many more people. And while it is accessible, it is still somewhat of an art. A big part of what makes overclocking so accessible is the fact that the average joe with a C2D can simply figure out how to get into his bios, and crank up the FSB and get over 3GHz without any other adjustment and on stock cooling. The more enthused can acheive up to 100% overclock on the low end cpus with very little expense. Todays GPU's and memory can be tweaked like crazy as well.

That said, I personally feel that the true spirit of overclocking lies in the ability to spend less money, and achieve performance that would otherwise cost a fortune- The low-end core 2 duos are the absolute embodiment of this. On the other hand, I also find that once you become immersed in the hobby, it's difficult to resist the urge to direct a large portion of your extra (and not-so-extra) cash into it. This bling factor is a wider trend that I see around the web where you ain't nothin' without dual 8800gtx's. I also forsee a trend that may very well spell the end of overclocking as we know it. Newer utilities such as Link-Boost and EPP, while very immature, are the harbingers of near-future technologies that will automatically tune your hardware to peak levels. This may not bode well for overclocking, but for now, if you choose to define the golden age of overclocking as time time of unprecidented popularity, and unprecedented performance gains, then we are definitely in the midst of the Golden Age.

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