Extreme Hardware heeft een stukkie tekst op de frontpage geparkeerd met hun mening over de Athlon overklok gekte van dit moment. Natuurlijk komt het bekende argument van de te risicovolle Athlon overklok operatie voorbij fietsen. Interessanter is dit stukje over Athlon remarking:
So who has the knowledge, equipment and technical staff necessary to even attempt this dangerous procedure? How about large chip remarkers, that's who. I can just feel the soldering irons heating up and the 500 MHz Athons being unloaded onto the shop tables. With the right equipment and enough CPUs to experiment with, this could really turn into a lucrative business, turning 500 MHz Athlons into 650 MHz ones. At current prices, the $262 Athlon 500 MHz chips could be soldered immediately into $899 Athlon 650 MHz units, at a healthy profit of $637.00 USD. This is the largest profit margin ever seen in the PC chip remarking business, and it won't take long for the less-ethical companies to start churning out these hacked chips. So why should you care? Because you might be buying one of these hacked Athlons in the very near future.
After writing up this Daily Comment, I'm quite a bit more pessimistic than when I started out. The potential $637.00 profit from just soldering a few resistors (which would be incredibly easy for any electrical engineer) is just too enticing for it to be passed over by the larger chip remarkers. I'm expecting shortages of Athlon 500 MHz parts, and excess quantities of 650 MHz chips, just like it was when the PII-300/450 varient was found. If you're buying a new Athlon, get it from a reputable dealer, and it might not be a bad idea to take a look at the innards when you finally receive it. Have any comments on the Athlon Overclocking?