AMD Zone had beloofd gisteren met meer info over de overklokbaarheid van de Athlon te komen, maar tot dusver heb ik er weinig nieuws kunnen ontdekken. Dit kwam ik bij Ace's Hardware tegen, maakt de zaken al iets duidelijker:
Sorry for the lack of updates today, the server was down for some technical difficulties but Brian has fixed it. Anyway, it amazes and amuses me that people are already worrying about how overclockable K7 is, and whether or not it is even possible to overclcok a K7. For crying out loud, stop worrying, we can't even actualy buy a K7 yet! Well if it's of any consolation at all, I found out from a reliable industry insider that K7 is NOT and will NOT be multiplier- or clock-locked. However, overclocking a K7 is not gonna be easy at all. Why?
As I was telling JC earlier today, we need a special programming device to alter the multiplier of K7. This device that connects to the "gold finger connector" on a K7 can also change the L2 cache speed of a K7. The bad news is only AMD and some chipset and motherboard vendors currently have that programming device. In other words, it may be next to impossible to overclock a K7 at home initially. . . but you never know, things may change. As JC said, Abit may decide to market such a device .
En die "gold finger connector" zie je hier rechts bovenaan op de PCB:
Over de mogelijkheid om de busspeed van de Athlon omhoog te gooien wordt niets gezegd (niet mogelijk!?).