Toevallig, naast Ultimate Chaos heeft Dan's Data vandaag ook een P3 Coppermine overclocking artikel online geplant. Net als het volk van Ultimate Chaos bereikte Dan trouwens ook 700MHz, alleen had hij er maar een P3-500E nodig. Het artikel is vrij lang geworden vanwege de zeer uitgebreide uitleg. Ook leesbaar voor beginnende tweakers dus. Check hier alle info.
It's important to bear in mind that the Coppermine P-III 500E at 700MHz is, as I mention in the slotket review, not only faster than processors with a list price more than twice the $AUD500 or so the 500E will set you back, but faster than any Intel processor you can probably currently buy. Stocks of faster P-IIIs are notoriously short, and the highest speed models, announced by Intel to compete with AMD's well-and-truly-available top spec Athlons, just don't presently exist outside of marketing people's fantasies.
Is a 500E at 700MHz the fastest PC CPU you can buy these days? Nope; you can overclock Athlons, too, and they're faster at the same clock speed than P-IIIs. They're not much more expensive, either. But Athlon overclocking requires extra hardware and the courage to crack their case open, while P-III overclocking just requires a board like the BF6. It doesn't even look as if you need an after-market heatsink.
If you're after more CPU speed on the cheap, a 500E, a slotket and a BF6 make an attractive package. The P-III 550E is also available at the moment, though harder to find than the 500E; it sells for about $AUD600, and its 5.5 multiplier helps keep FSB speeds a bit more reasonable.