Nul Fris en Arcan brachten ons op de hoogte van dit bericht van TweakTown's AMD insider die beweert dat AMD speciale Athlon's gaat shippen zónder multiplier lock. Om te voorkomen dat er geremarkte Athlons in de omloop komen (zoals het geval was in Australië) zouden Award en AMI speciale biossen maken die de originele snelheid + de werkelijke snelheid weergeven, dus bv Athlon 700 @ 900MHz. Het klinkt allemaal erg mooi, maar uitereraard heb ik nogal twijfels over deze 'bron'. Deze hele actie zou overigens alleen voor Athlons (Thunderbirds) opgaan, Duron's blijven locked. Check zelf even het bericht:
Just recently ASUS released its statement about its new A7V motherboard we here at Tweaktown have recently received some information from ASUS and AMD. As many of us know ASUS plan to make a 2 versions of the ASUS A7V. One with no multiplier jumper block and one with the jumper block. Now this seems ok in theory but 99% of the AMD Athlon 2 (Thunderbird) will be unable to be changed, but word received from a source (who wishes to remain unknown) has stated that AMD will in the future produce a breed of Athlon 2 that will be multiplier adjustable. It will be set to a specific frequency on time of sale but with special jumper arrangements you will be able to change the multiplier.
We have some information that may interest you.
AMD have announced to us that they will be introducing a special Fab of Athlon with performance enhancing cache that will be multiplier unlocked. Award and AMI have also told us that they will be helping with a new BIOS code that will prevent remarking of the unlocked Athlon with performance enhancing cache.
Also we have heard that Award and Ami will be introducing a scheme to prevent resellers relabelling the CPU. According to the information received, Award will introduce a feature that will read the AMD Athlon CPUID code and will display the actual CPU's designated Speed and the overclocked speed. Eg. If you have a Athlon 2 700Mhz and have it clocked at 900Mhz on boot up the motherboard will bios will show up as: AMD Athlon 700 at 900MHz. This will prevent resellers from relabelling the 700Mhz CPU as a 900MHz for example.
This seems like quite a good idea to help the overclockers out there who want to overclock their CPU's. of course you will loose your warranty on the overclocked CPU and no shipments of Duron will be unlocked (that sux) but as the saying goes "don't look a gift horse in the mouth". Keep those excellent CPU's coming AMD!