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Blog title says it all, considering its a stock device, I thought I would get some opinions on it before potentially damaging anything. All your input is appreciated.
Edit: Heh, doesn't even look like its possible anymore, can't find any setting allowing me to overclock in my BIOs.
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Super Jamie said:
It just seems odd to me that something as precise as 20nm transistor production would be left to such a hit-and-miss process.
When new, smaller manufacturing processes are first taped out, the reliability of some of the dies being produced is usually suspect, because not all the bugs of the manufacturing process have been worked out. If a die in these early stages is found to have a defect, it is more profitable to simply make a less-capable processor out of it, rather than scrap it entirely. As the manufacturing process improves, yields inevitably go up, but there is still a demand for these neutered processors, and it's not cost effective to design an entirely new die for them. Therefore, perfectly functional cores get disabled to make these processors at a lower price point. And of course any dies with non-functional cores are used in the same way, as it was at first; there are simply less of them. So your chances of having a good disabled core go up as the length of time of chips being manufactured on that process goes up.