Intel: clocking software roundup
Some views on the NEWSPEED software
We've now got some real feedback on this piece of Intel software, and thought it worthwhile doing a brief roundup. After having a few days to weigh the opinions of people more technical than ourselves, we are now able to give our usual unbalanced view of Intel's piece of NEWSPEED software. George Schnurer, executive editor at c't magazine in Germany, wrote us to say: "As far as I understand, the software, which I have in my lab, only enables Intel motherboards to support higher frequency processors. The only thing the prog is doing is to set up the BF-Signals for new multipliers. It definetely doesn't overtake the fixed multiplier in most of the Intel CPUs on the market. So, if someone wants to overclock a Celeron with fixed multiplier, the software won't help in any way." Over at the Anandtech forum, there is a very lengthy thread, and some of the comments are well worth reading. It's clear that the software only runs on some Intel motherboards, otherwise delivering an error message. Kyle, over at "HardOCP, said Friday he would experiment with the software over this weekend, so it's probably worth checking that site out later today. One reader said that the software is written in highly optimised assembler and could give some clues to Intel architecture if anyone wanted to take the effort to dis-assemble it. But another pointed to a line embedded in the 27K file which suggested it is, at least in part, written in C, as it contains this string: "MS Run-time Library - Copyright (c) 1992, Microsoft Corp". And it's also worth looking at our earlier stories, particularly this one, which has comments from both an Intel insider and the official Intel response. Whatever the software is, it isn't any kind of panacea, that's for sure. There is also some comment on our own message forum. ®
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