Feeds

Dell offers hush-hush overclockable mobile Core 2 Duo

But is the T7600G worth $275 more than the T7600?

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Exclusive Intel has quietly begun shipping a clock-unlocked version of its mobile Core 2 Duo T7600 processor, but tracking one down may prove tricky. Not all PC makers are likely to offer the part - and those that do may not let slip the chip can be overclocked.

Dell quietly revealed the existence of the Core 2 Duo T7600G earlier this week when it announced a Blu-ray Disc supporting version of its XPS M1710 gamer-oriented laptop. Among the processor options offered to build-to-order byers was a 2.33GHz T7600G, priced at $275 more than the laptop's standard processor, the T7600, which is also clocked at 2.33GHz. Both CPUs have 4MB of L2 cache and run on a 667MHz frontside bus.

Dell's website provides no guidance on what that extra $275 buys you. Its handy pop-up window that discusses processors talks about a range of Intel CPUs, and while it uses the T7600 to show how model numbers work, there's no mention about what that 'G' suffix entails. Eventually, we found a page that mentioned the T7600G gives "extraordinary system control to tune and enhance performance".

Intel's website is no more forthcoming, but the chip giant's staff were helpful, revealing to Reg Hardware that the T7600G is a "non-roadmap" part that has frontside bus and core clocks unlocked and ready for overclocking attempts.

'Non-roadmap' means the part's not one of Intel's standard offerings, but has typically been produced to meet demand from one or more OEMs or because Intel can hit a specific price point. The higher price of the T7600G suggests the former, but whether the impetus came from Dell alone, Dell and others, or not Dell at all isn't known at this juncture.

Either way, it's the T7600G's overclockability that the $275 Dell wants for it above the price of a regular T7600 is for. Why can't the company mention this up front? ®

Related review

Dell Inspiron 6400 Core 2 Duo laptop

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit
USB-serial imitators whacked by driver update
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.