Originally Posted by ice_v
I was also wondering about that...but quite sure there's a logical explanation for that
Anywho, I would like to point out the fact that according to several tech fellows and IT news journalists these new boards, (but more accuratly the chips) will feature -among other goodies- a distinguishably overall high overclockability. Now is it just me
, or is this beginning to sound like bullsh*t marketing aimed at those pro-overclocker wannabes consumers? ...
Yes there is likely to be an element of Marketing spin. But also in any design there are trade-off's. Most Engineers design items to withstand more stress than they are rated for. This permits extreme transient loads that do not risk permanently damaging / weakening the item.
eg: Bridges handle 4X the load ever expected of them, this reduces the potential to be weakened by fatigue, corrosion or extreme loads. Eg: Race Car engines, are better balanced, but even then the higher revs dramatically decrease their life.
Increasing the Clock Speed exponentially increases the Power Consumption & Heat Output of CPU’s & other electrical devices. Ie: The Failure Rates of 15,000RPM Hard Drives is much higher than those running at 5,400rpm.
So they ship at a spec they believe will be economical to run, to cool & with a lifespan long enough to run without error till it becomes obsolete.
If you are happy paying 2X for Cooling & 2X electricity for 20% perf increase & dramatically shortened component life. Then you will OC to the level you feel comfortable.
The trick is knowing what & how much you are giving up.