Hey everyone. I've been playing with one of Intel's Pentium D 805 processors for most of this morning, and have some interesting news to report. If you're unfamiliar with the Pentium D 805, it's basically a cheap, dual-core CPU based on Intel's 90nm Smithfield core. What separates the Pentium D 805 from most of its Smithfield-based counterparts, is that the 805 rides on a 533MHz FSB. And it's also the lowest clocked dual-core desktop processor available from Intel at the moment at 2.66GHz.
This, of course, makes the Pentium D 805 a potential candidate for overclockers on a budget looking to jump on the dual-core bandwagon. How good of a candidate was a question I had up until a few hours ago...
As you can see, we were able to take our Pentium D 805 up from its default clock speed of 2.66GHz, all the way to a tasty 4.05GHz -- an increase of almost 1400MHz, or about 52%. We achieved these results with a Corsair Nautilus 500 water-cooling kit, some Corsair RAM, and an Asus P5WDG2-WS 975X Express based motherboard. Not too bad for a ~$130 CPU.
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