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.