You can’t review a processor without overclocking so lets take the AMD Athlon X3 7750 and see what it can do on the retail boxed heat sink.
The AMD Athlon X2 7750 starts out life at 2.7GHz, but that doesn’t mean you can’t increase the bus speed and raise the multiplier on this unlocked Black Edition processor.
Without touching the voltage on the AMD Athlon X2 7750 the multiplier was increased from 13.5 to 15.5 and the system posted and was 100% stable. This is an overclock of 400MHz, which is great for no voltage increase on the factory heat sink.
Bumping up the multiplier to 16 resulted into a 3.2GHz core speed and a fully stable system with the CPU voltage remaining untouched. Any multiplier higher than 16 caused the system to blue screen when Windows Vista was loading, so it is time to bump up the voltage and see where this processor tops out.
With the voltage set to 1.475V in the BIOS and the bus speed increased from 200MHz to 207MHz the AMD Athlon X2 7750 processor was able to break the 3.3GHz mark with ease. Not bad for what little effort it took to hit 3.3GHz! This is an overclock of 600MHz, which woke up the 2.7GHz processor!