Intel considers motherboard tweaking options

— 12:18 PM on December 5, 2002

DigiTimes has some confirmation on just what kind of overclocking-friendly features we may see on future Intel motherboards:

According to sources, to enhance its competitiveness in the clone market, Intel has decided to allow users to adjust voltage and memory module transmission frequency on its own-brand Canterwood and Springdale boards, which are expected to be launched in the second quarter of 2003.
With Springdale already rumored to have a 200MHz memory bus, I'm not too sure how much memory tweaking you'll really be able to do, but it's nice to see Intel considering the option. The DigiTimes story doesn't mention front side bus overclocking, but CPU voltage tweaking would be useless without at least one way to increase the processor speed, and I doubt Intel is about to offer multiplier control.

Intel has a lot of catching up to do if it wants to woo overclocking enthusiasts, but Springdale sounds like a good place to start. I wouldn't mind seeing some overclocking options on Intel's 845PE-based motherboards, since that chipset's performance continues to be impressive.

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