Sub-title: A case for an Unlocked, Overclockable Intel Dual Core Processor
Published: April 24, 2014
When Intel switched to a K-SKU product segmentation strategy, the cost of overclocking increased drastically. Today, the minimum price for enjoying the overclocking experience is around USD $250. The strategy is very successful amongst enthusiast and mainstream overclocker groups as products targeted to these overclocker groups have been the most popular at HWBOT for the past three processor generations. On the downside, this strategy has had a significant effect on losing the entry level overclockers and their community.
At HWBOT there are 643 overclockers who used the in 2007 released Pentium E2160. The most popular entry level processor released in 2012, the Pentium G860, only has 22 users. This means the entry level overclocking community has been reduced by 97%.
Looking at the CPU core count distribution for XTU, a software application featuring overclocking tools and a benchmark, we see that 10% of the HWBOT overclockers use a dual core CPU. That is remarkable mainly because there is no recent overclockable dual core CPU on the market, but also because the dual core overclocking group is larger than the hexa core overclocking group (despite having no products). In the Steam Hardware Survey we can also see that 50% of the gamers still use a dual core CPU.
Combining the clear interest of the community to have an overclockable and affordable processor with the historical evidence of the Entry level overclocker group as the likes of Pentium E2160, it appears there is demand and market space for this type of product.
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Table of Contents
- Page 2 – Summary
- Page 3 – Detailed report
- Page 3 – Five groups of overclockers
- Page 4 – Overclocker groups and CPU pricing
- Page 7 – Overclocker groups and their favorite SKUs
- Page 9 – Losing 97% of Entry level overclockers
- Page 10 – A case for Pentium K – the unlocked dual core
- Page 5 – Figure 1: Price at introduction of CPU by target audience
- Page 7 – Figure 2: Popularity of OC processors per user group
- Page 10 – Figure 3: XTU CPU core count distribution