As we know, QPI restricts the CPU’s overclocking performance. Take the Core i7 965 as an example, it comes with 6.4GT/s QPI data rate, 24x multiplier and 133MHz BCLK. Due to the limit of QPI speed (8GT/s), its maximum BCLK can only achieve 166MHz at 24x.
But according to our source, the QPI multiplier of Core i5 will be set lower at 16x, so you’ll get a higher BCLK around 250MHz. When you overclock the BCLK, the QPI interface will overclock as well.
Intel Core i5 to have a lower QPI multiplier
Posted on Monday, Apr 27 2009 @ 14:44 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck