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3. CPU Hacks > 22. Which System Boards Are Hackable?

Which System Boards Are Hackable?

Read the box and online reviews to determine if your system board might accommodate hacking the system and CPU clock speeds.

Determining if a system board is hackable—that is, whether it supports overclocking of the CPU—is not obvious. Here are some clues to the hackability of a specific board.

  • Most boards for do-it-yourself system builders, also known as “white box” or generic products, support customizable CPU clock values.

  • Check the technical specs for support for a range of CPU types and speeds, such as those indicating “AMD Athlon Thunderbird through Athlon XP CPUs,” or “1.8-3.3 GHz” speeds. Motherboards thus labeled often provide the ability to change system speed settings.


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