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While they didn't quite fry an egg over their CPU, the brainy folks over at Toms Hardware did manage to overclock a lowly Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 up to 3.1GHz (from its base 2.13GHz) using only the stock cooler provided by Intel. Further tweaking got the E6400 up as high as 3.3GHz (with the help of a third-party cooler, Gigabyte's 3D Galaxy II liquid cooler).

Their conclusion: "Any cooling upgrade meant to increase overclock ability only becomes a "justified expense" when it takes the lower model processor beyond what the "next model up" can accomplish using its included cooler."


Our conclusion: We wish we hadn't skipped breakfast this morning.

[via Toms Hardware]

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