There are 10 types of people. Those who overclock and those who don’t overclock. See what I did there? It’s funny because 10 in binary is 2…*tumbleweed*…I’ll get my coat and see myself out…
Amongst those who build their own desktop computers, CPU Overclocking has become common practice and thanks to fool proof hardware and an abundance of tutorials on the internet, it is even possible or novices to do it without causing great harm. The procedure is also very rewarding due to processors typically having a considerable frequency headroom. All in all, it is free performance at it’s finest.
I will however admit that overclocking is not for everyone. First of all, it will require patience as it is essential that you understand the parameters involved in the process and how to verify stability. It may take about an hour to obtain your processor’s maximum bootable frequency. From here, you’ll need to try and dabble with voltages and frequencies to obtain the maximum stable frequency. This is the time consuming part and requires a lot of trial and error to find the highest stable overclock. The final stage of CPU Overclocking involves verifying long term stability, which is carried out by running CPU intensive applications for upwards of 8 hours. If it fails these tests, then it’s back to the drawing board…
I’m sure that many of you readers don’t have the time or the patience for CPU Overclocking. There’s no denying that the procedure can be stressful and that comparatively normal people will find it a rather boring exercise. From my point of view, it’s well worth the time spent but what if there’s someone out there that’ll do the hard work for you? Today we have been given the opportunity to try out a factory overclocked solution from Overclockers UK, who offer bundles consisting of a CPU, Motherboard, RAM and CPU Cooler.
Overclockers UK is a hardware retailer that has seen a large increase in popularity over the years, leading to a recent move to larger premises in Newcastle Under Lyme. During their growth, the retailer expanded further into the realms of specialist items such as Overclocked CPU/Motherboard/RAM bundles as well as Factory Overclocked Desktop Comptuers. As the name suggests, they specialize in the sale of performance oriented hardware. Given our experience with the company’s Titan Goliath Gaming Desktop, we have high expectations for this particular bundle.
Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz Processor @ 3.60GHz
Asus P7P55D Motherboard
4GB Corsair PC3-12800C9 DDR3-1600 Memory
Zalman CNPS 10X QUIET Heatpipe CPU Cooler
At the heart of this bundle lies the bang per buck Intel Core i5 750 processor. Based on top of the line Core i7 architecture (sans Hyperthreading Technology) the processor offers fabulous performance per pound even at it’s default frequencies of 2.66GHz. This particular bundle however sees a 933MHz frequency adjustment, which will no doubt have a considerable effect on performance across the board. The bundle also uses the proven Asus P7P55D Motherboard, 4GB of DDR3-1600 RAM and a hefty CPU Cooler to pacify that heavily overclocked processor. All of the components are tested together to ensure stability and compatibility.
This particular review begs the following questions. How good can you expect an off the shelf factory overclocked bundle to be? Is it worth the inevitable price mark up over a DIY overclock? Let's find out.