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Intel to Demonstrate SSD Overclocking at IDF 2013

Posted by Jim Tanous on August 27, 2013
Intel Overclock SSD

PC enthusiasts love overclocking, the process of forcing a component to run faster than its stock configuration in order to squeeze out extra performance. You can overclock your CPU, you can overclock your GPU, you can overclock your RAM, you can even overclock your monitor. But now Intel is ready to take overclocking into new territory: your SSD. At the annual Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco next month, Intel and Asus engineers will perform the first public demonstration of the process overclocking an SSD.

As discussed by ExtremeTech, the process is indeed novel, but perfectly plausible. Solid state drives are controlled by an onboard processor that has a stock clock frequency just like any other component. Assuming that situations exist in which the drive’s processor is the bottleneck, tuning the processor for faster performance should speed up the drive overall.

As this is relatively uncharted territory, however, many questions about the practical impact of SSD overclocking remain. It’s unknown, for example, what effect overclocking will have on drive stability and reliability, or the integrity of data read from and written to the drive while in an overclocked stated. The lifespan of the drive, always a consideration when it comes to SSDs, is also a factor that needs to be investigated further.

Overall, the demonstration is likely just an entertaining proof-of-concept for Intel, and any real-world implications of the practice may remain unavailable to enthusiasts and general consumers for some time. Those interested in seeing the demonstration live can catch it at 11:00 AM PDT on Tuesday, September 10 in room 2007 at the Moscone Convention Center.

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