Extremetech found overclocking the Phenom 9600 to be difficult and unpredictable. They were unable to get more than 200MHz above the spec speed, and even then it sounds like there were difficulties encounter. About the only thing they could count on was a big jump in the heat produced by the chip.
“We’ve already slapped the Phenom 9600 vs. an Intel Core 2 Quad and the Phenom didn’t do so well. That got us thinking…would the AMD chip fare better if we cranked up the frequency? Would it allow much in terms of overclocking at all?
We tossed together an AMD-based system, complete with an ATI Radeon HD 3870 graphics card, and attacked it through the BIOS setup program of its ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe motherboard. What would the system show in terms of gains? How’s the heat with a well-regarded air cooler (the Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro)? Can we make this CPU worth building a Spider platform system based upon it”
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ Legion Hardware
- Celeron E1200: Dual-Core Processor Almost for Free @ X-bit Labs
- Meet Intel Wolfdale: Core 2 Duo E8500, E8400 and E8200 Processors @ X-bit Labs
- AMD delays faster Phenoms, juggles B3 allocations @ The Tech Report