Today we have a $240 US motherboard and processor combo for you that can be turned into the basis for a high-end gaming machine. Without having to upgrade the cooling we were easily able to push the Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2160 processor from 1.8GHz to 3.0GHz, though it was the 3.4GHz overclock that produced serious performance gains!
With the help of our trusty ASUS P5N-E SLI motherboard, the Intel Pentium E2160 processor soared from 1.80GHz to a blistering 3.40GHz! At this frequency the performance limitations of the 1MB L2 cache almost go unnoticed. Realistically most of you are only going to overclock the E2160 to 3.0GHz as this frequency can easily be achieved when using the standard Intel box cooler. Furthermore a 3.0GHz overclock does not require any voltage adjustments.