Intel previews SSD overclocking

Intel previews SSD overclocking

Summary: The next frontier for tweakers was on display at PAX Prime, with more details supposedly to come at an upcoming IDF session.

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Overclocking of processors and graphics cards has been a staple of the PC enthusiast community for years, but it looks like a new component will soon be available for the tweaking set.

Intel, which offers CPUs with unlocked multipliers (the "K" series) to ease the overclocking process, is now apparently working on letting users overclock their solid-state drives. The company just previewed the overclocking potential of its SSDs at the PAX Prime festival, with more info supposedly coming at the upcoming Intel Developer Forum next week.

According to LegitReviews, Intel showed off two ways to goose more performance from SSDs, increasing the controller clock speed and the NAND flash memory chip speed. It used an updated version of its Extreme Tuning Utility to change the settings. (Myce subsequently posted code that it says comes from a new version of Intel XTU and that will allow SSD setting tweaks.)

ExtremeTech has confirmed that the tech giant will provide more details in a panel titled "Overclocking Unlocked Intel Core Processors for High Performance Gaming and Content Creation." While that session will be mostly devoted to how to squeeze the most from Intel's new processors, we may find out that the company is planning a "K" line of its SSDs.

It may also touch on the potential risks of overclocking. Adjusting the settings of your processor or graphics card can lead to system stability and other issues; tweaking SSD settings could potentially threaten your data on the drive, so Intel will need to address this concern as well as the potential for shortening the life of your SSD.

Would you overclock your solid-state drive if Intel released a K-series SSD? Let us know in the Talkback section below as we await further details from Intel at the upcoming IDF conference.

Topics: Intel, Hardware, Storage

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  • Interesting!

    This is super cool if it can work reliably
    pratnala
    • IF

      The big IF ... If it can work reliably. If it did they would release the product with it configured that way. It's one thing to crash running your CPU or GPU at higher clock rates... Ostensibly losing nothing in the process. Risking corrupting your data or a catastrophic drive failure ... Not so smart.

      Hmm, maybe a gamer will designate it for running a game instance with the original stored elsewhere... That could be a valid scenario... Like running a virtual machine with the differencing disk on the over clocked sad... If it crashes then you come back up from the original. Not sure there's much application for this... Why not just use a RAM disk... even faster than SSD.
      greywolf7
  • Agree with the RAMdisk approach -- it's TEN times faster than an SSD

    http://memory.dataram.com/products-and-services/software/ramdisk

    And, of course, that assumes the RAMDISK isn't overclocked ...

    Also, why not run 2-4 smaller SSD's in a RAID configuration? Seems a lot more reliable than overclocking.

    And realistically, unless you're running a workstation or doing transaction processing, video editing, large-scale transcoding, or similar activities, how much speed do you really need? Do you really NEED speeds above 500+MB/s that some SSD's are capable of?
    Rick_R
    • Hmmm RAMDisks

      Truly, RAMDisk is a great methodology, but after months of running my most favored programs on a RAMDisk, back to the SATAII SSD they went primarily because of the augmented load times and general incompatibility with data backup solutions (e.g. CloneZilla).

      Regardless, RAMDisks work wonderfully, but the speed gains simply don't compensate for the additional inconvenience provided by implementation.

      ...not that you were saying anything otherwise...just leaving the comment for anyone interested...
      GSystems