For the launch of the Clarkdale, we still have to wait about two and a half weeks, but that doesn’t mean there’s no information out regarding the overclockability. On the XtremeSystems forums, we came across the thread made by Brian Y (8th in the Overclockers League) who tested a 2.8GHz Core i3, which is an even more low-end sample than the Core i3 530 in the HWBOT database. In any case, he tested the chip under LN2 and managed to run an impressive 257MHz BCLK through 3DMark05!
- CPU: Core i3 000 @ 2.8GHz
- Cooling made by Otterauge
- Mainboard: Asus Maximus III Formula
- Memory: 2 x 2GB Corsair GT CL7 PC16000
- Videocard: 3 x Asus Radeon HD 5870
- PSU: Ultra x3 1600 / Corsair HX1000
From the looks of it, it seems that the Core i3 and hopefully the Clarkdale in general is a strong clocker. According to Brian Y, the CPU is capable of taking quite a big amount of Vcore, which is opposite to what the current generation LGA1156 Lynnfield processors are capable of. A good start, maybe we see more in the future.
More overclocking results can be found in the original forum thread.
Source: ” i3 initial results…..got bclk?” @ XtremeSystems.org