The next step in overclocking: SSDs

The next step in overclocking: SSDs

The next step in overclocking: SSDs


Yes, you read that right, our SSDs will be the next battleground in the overclocking world. It has been announced that Intel will detail and demonstrate overclocking SSD technology as part of today’s Intel Developer Forum (IDF) Overclocking Symposium. Intel is trying to attract a fanatical crowd with new extreme CPUs running on existing X79 platforms – stay tuned for that, folks – and now they’re also looking at other areas where they can inspire serial tuners.

Intel themselves haven’t made any announcements about what they’re doing with SSD overclocking, other than keeping it in IDF’s schedule, but online storage specialist Myce has dug into their Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU) and found some code Not yet enabled. It shows that through the XTU application it is possible to overclock the base frequency of the memory controller chip and even the NAND chip itself. There is also an option to adjust the power limit of the drive.

I’m not entirely sure what these new SSD overclocking options will give you, but I doubt they’ll have a huge impact on actual performance beyond the benchmark figures. In Myce’s article, they claim that beefing up the clock on the controller is unlikely to have any detrimental side effects for the smallest speed boost, but messing with the NAND clock can be annoying.

Since most of us are running SSDs (if we have them) as our primary boot drives, the risk of corrupting our system data for negligible speed bumps can be silly in extreme cases. It also seems to only work with own-brand Intel SSDs. To be fair, in the context of current SSD technology, their drives could really get a boost if they were to compete with the likes of Samsung and Crucial again.

I’ll be in San Francisco for the IDF, so I’ll book a seat at the overclocking conference to find out what the deal is. If you guys have anything you’d like me to ask the techs about the Intel board while I’m out, please let me know – via comments here, email ( or Twitter (@Not_the_GK) – I’ll take a look See what I can get from them for you.

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