De crew van FiringSquad heeft eens onderzocht wat ze uit hun 1GHz Athlon Thunderbird konden tweaken. De processor in kwestie beschikte over de AXIA-core, die zoals je weet erg geschikt is om mee over te klokken. Uit de code op de core konden ze ook opmaken dat het beestje in de 10e week van dit jaar gebakken is, nog niet zo lang geleden dus.
Vrij snel kwam men erachter dat de proc geen enkele moeite had om op 1300MHz te draaien. Pas bij 1,4GHz moest het voltage wat ge-upt worden, en bij 1,45GHz was er betere koelprut nodig. Helaas was de Arctic Silver op, dus voor alle zekerheid werden de benchies op 1,4 (10x140MHz) en 1,33GHz (10x133MHz) gedraaid. Over de prestaties was men erg te spreken, helemaal aangezien je deze processor voor slechts $160 in huis kunt halen. Tjek hieronder de conclusie:
What's there left to say? You saw the numbers. You saw the glory. The AXIA chips seem to be quite promising. Our 1GHz AXIA in particular got as high as 1.45GHz, and at default voltage our CPU clocked in at 1330MHz. That just has to tell you the amount of potential lying around in this chip is immense. As always, with overclocking, mileage will vary. Some of you might end up with duds; others might wind up getting CPUs that would make AMD envious.
If you go to www.overclockers.com, they have a CPU database that has independent entries. From our results, and mainly from the input of other AXIA owners, it seems to be that these processors can be pushed quite far. The average overclock seems to be in the ballpark of 1400MHz. Either this is indicative of what we should expect, or there a whole lot of AXIA owners that don't want to tell us what happened to their CPUs.
The 1GHz AXIA can be had for around $160. Add a decent cooler to that and you might be out $200 at the most. Even if you don't feel safe buying a low-end CPU, you can always pour in a few bucks to get a 1.2 or 1.3GHz chip. That's not too much to pay for a chip that could take you to performance levels higher than any other retail CPU currently on the market. Either way, the AXIA CPU code heralds the same call that the 300A brought to the CPU scene. Good luck fellas.