Once considered a dark art that required messing with DIP switches and praying to the PC gods, overclocking in the past several years has become a mainstream and mostly safe activity. Overclocking allows you to squeeze every last ounce of performance out of your parts, whether you're talking about goosing the RAM, nudging your CPU, or coaxing your graphics card to run faster than stock. After the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), you may be able to add solid state drives (SSDs) to the list of components that can be overclocked.
Intel has posted its agenda for IDF, which includes several different overclocking demonstrations. Most have to do with the firm's 4th Generation Core processor (Haswell) technology, but there's one entry in particular that had us do a double take when we read it.
That's all Intel is saying at the moment, leaving us to speculate what that might entail. Perhaps the chip maker has figured out a way to supercharge NAND flash memory controllers, or maybe it developed a controller that can be overclocked. Whatever Intel has up its sleeve, consider us intrigued.
The overclocking session takes place on September 10 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT.