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"In the days of the original Pentium II processors and before, overclocking was, to be blunt, seen as a nerd's game. The amount of money processors cost, the quantity of fiddling about that was necessary and the minimal performance gains got from it put it all in the league of the major tweaker. The original Pentium II processor used a SECC 1 style of cartridge where the processor was encased in a metal box. This meant that the processor and its cache did not have direct contact with the heatsink and fan. Therefore a huge (and I mean HUGE!) heatsink was required to make it run at an operable temperature. This, coupled with the fact that the processor was manufactured on a 0.35m process made the processor run extremely hot even at default speeds and made overclocking virtually impossible."

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