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News   News : Intel granted overclocking blocking patent
   posted by _Steve_ on 26-Mar-2003 16:30:49 (1262 reads)
Intel has been granted a patent outlining a technology designed to block attempts to over-clock its processors.

Intel applied for the technology to be patented in September 1999. The patent, number 6,535,988, was granted on 18 March this year, as reported by HardOCP.


The patent covers "a mechanism for detecting and deterring over-clocking of a clock signal for use in a processor, comprising: a detection circuit adapted to detect over-clocking of a clock signal for use in the processor based on a reference signal; and a prevention circuit adapted to prevent over-clocking of said clock signal by limiting or reducing performance of the processor in response to detection of said over-clocking of said clock signal".

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Re: Intel granted overclocking blocking patent
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That's stupid, why would they want to do that? AMD processor are easily overclockable and AMD knows and takes advantage of that in marketing them. At same clock speed an AMD CPU is faster than a Pentium, on top of that it can be made much faster by overlocking. I don't understand what Intel hopes to gain from this patent (then again, I didn't read the article :-p )

 
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Re: Intel granted overclocking blocking patent
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Apparently they want to stop certain resellers who buy cheap, lower frequency Pentiums and overclock them to sell them at a higher price than they're worth. An admirable intention, but I doubt this will go down too well with many end users.

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Re: Intel granted overclocking blocking patent
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People should underclock them. They run too hot as it is.


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