All of us who are interested in computer technologies have definitely noticed the recent launch of the new Intel LGA1156 platform. The new CPUs turned out very interesting solutions, of course, not without drawbacks, but with a number of evident advantages. However, I am sure you know all that by now already, especially if you have already checked out our recent article called "Second Advent of Nehalem: Core i7-870 and Core i5-750 Processors in LGA1156 Platform". And, as it always happens with new systems, overclocking immediately becomes one of the hottest topics for discussion. The main CPU overclocking principles haven’t formally changed for a long time already. You must increase the base frequency trying to keep all other connected frequencies within acceptable intervals. You can also increase voltages if necessary monitoring the temperatures very carefully and it should also improve the final result. Everything is quite simple at first glance, but as a rule commencing overclockers quickly get lost and can’t find any similarity to their own system when you refer them to an Intel Pentium II overclocking guide, for instance. That is why it makes much more sense to explain everything using current examples, which is exactly what we are going to do today.
New Lynnfield processors are based on Nehalem microarchitecture that is why the basic overclocking principles as described in our article called “Intel Core i7-920 Overclocking Guide” are absolutely applicable in this case, too. However, there are a number of peculiarities connected not only with the integration of the PCI Express bus controller into the CPU as well as transition from dual-chip core logic structure to a single-chip one, but also with a different more advanced implementation of the Turbo Boost. With the help of Intel Core i5-750 and Intel Core i7-860 processors we will find out how well they can be overclocked using static and dynamic implementations of Turbo Boost technology. But before we get to that let’s talk about the features and functionality of Asus P7P55D Deluxe LGA1156 mainboard based on Intel P55 Express chipset, which we are going to use as a platform for our overclocking experiments.