Wonderboy Anand heeft een zeer uitgebreide Athlon Overclocking Guide op zijn site geplaatst. Naast het verhogen van de FSB wordt het gebruik van de zogenaamde Gold Finger Devices (waarmee je de clock multiplier kan instellen) ook behandeld. Anand testte de Afterburner van Outside Loop, de K7 Overclock Card, de Ninja Micros FreeSpeed Pro en de Northwind GFD. Om het helemaal compleet af te maken is ook WCPUA2 gebruikt, het gisteren uitgebrachte programma van H.Oda waarme je de L2 cache divider kan verstellen.
The Athlon 500, 550, and 600 are all very cost effective overclocking contenders. With the success rate of getting each of these CPUs up to the 650 Ė 750MHz range increasing very rapidly, the investment in an overclocking card seems to be definitely worth it.
As more motherboards are released with overclocked FSB settings, the combination of that and Athlon overclocking devices will take overclocking and tweaking the Athlon to a new level. While the Athlon is still not as overclockable as Intelís FC-PGA, it comes pretty close. As time goes on, the yields on the Athlon CPUs will continue to increase and the overclocking potential of these CPUs will definitely go up.
The advent of H. Odaís WCPUA2 software that adjusts the L2 cache divider on the fly has made overclocking the Athlon even better, and if the rumors of being able to control the clock multiplier through software are true, then this could definitely take overclocking the Athlon to the next level. Unfortunately, there is a downside to all of this progress with overclocking on the Athlon platform.
The inevitable truth is that AMD will most likely have to pursue some sort of anti-remarking tactics in order to prevent remarked processors from being sold to consumers that arenít aware of their overclocked state. Whether this comes in the form of multiplier locking or something else cannot be predicted, but in the end, something has to be done. Until then, letís enjoy our finally overclockable Athlon CPUs.