XP2800+ Processors Can't Be Overclocked ?
XBitLabs are reporting news from a Russian site that suggests that AMD have truly reached the end of the line with their XP2800+ processors. Using an ABIT KX7-333 motherboard, these Russian overclockers only succeeded in overclocking their XP2800+ from a 166MHz FSB to 172MHz, taking the core from its rated speed of 2250MHz to 2327MHz - a pathetic 77MHz overclock. This included raising the core voltage by 0.1v.
Although one must be extremely careful about making sweeping generalisations from a sample of one processor, this doesn't sound too good for aspiring overclockers. Combined with the existing rarity of even the XP2400+ and 2600+ processors and rumours of low yields, I wonder whether the XP2700+ and 2800+ will ever hit the retail outlets in any significant quantity, or whether AMD will have their job cutout simply meeting the demands of their big OEM customers?
Until the launch of the new Barton core in Q1 2003 it looks like hardcore overclockers may need to focus elsewhere.