Raspberry Pi 3 Overclocking Explored

Just a few weeks ago, the latest Raspberry Pi board, the Pi 3 was launched featuring among other features, an updated Broadcom SoC clocked at 1.2GHz. In an article on Jackenhack, Swedish hacker and self-confessed tinkerer Jack Zimmermann got hold of the new Pi 3 board and immediately set about exploring its overclocking potential. His conclusion? ‘…it went very well’.

Just to keep you in the loop in case you happen to be unfamiliar with Raspberry Pi overclocking, it’s actually one segment of the Overclocking world that is seeing plenty of growth. There’s no doubt that in real-world applications the low-power Broadcom chips are limited in terms of performance and really can benefit from overclocking. Jack is a user who had reached the limits of the Pi 2’s performance, so when he heard there was an updated version, he jumped at the chance to check it out. Here is a sample of what he had to say about the experience:

“I’m using two as Stratum-1 NTP servers and with the old Raspberry Pi 2 I had hit the roof when it came down to getting better time resolution. So when I read that a new 50% faster version had been released, I raced to the nearest store and got a couple…. I installed the experimental Raspberry Pi 3 first, so I could test performance and try to overclock it. And it went very well.”

Although still way behind the excitement and sheer thrill of x86 overclocking, the number of overclockers that are dabbling with ARM systems is growing. In fact the Challenger Division VI on OC-ESPORTS is centered on ARM platforms and has included Raspberry Pi stages and in the past.

You can read the full story here on Jackenhack.

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