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Overclocking is the process of increasing the CPU clock rate, which allows a greater number of instructions per unit time.  The CPU clock rate can be changed by increasing one or both of the following:

         CPU Multiplier Factor

         Front Side Bus

The PIII 600E processor is multiplier locked which only allows overclocking through FSB manipulation.  It is the aim of this project to maximize PC performance without compromising system integrity.  System integrity can be compromised with increasing CPU temperature.

The highlighted portions of the PIII datasheet illustrate the increased thermal requirements with increasing processor core frequency.  If the FSB speed of the processor is increased we can extrapolate from this chart that an increased temperature will be experienced within the processor.  To maximize system performance, improved thermal management is required.

  Excerpt from Intel Pentium III Datasheet


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