Originally posted by gaara
CPU Multiplier has absolutely no bearing on performance mate...you could lower the 170 to 9x multi and increase FSB to 222MHz and it would offer the same performance...if you were to use a 1:1 ratio having a lower multiplier and higher FSB speed would actually be better as you're getting more memory bandwidth.
It just makes everything easier. I won't be able to get anywhere between 2.7-3ghz using 1:1 ratio without the 10x multiplier.
Plus when dealing with a multiplier of 10 it is easier to calculate things.
For example: 300htt x 10 = 3000mhz (3ghz) Se how easy it is. You would have to run a memory divider to achieve the same cpu frequency when using a 9x multiplier as a person running with 10x multiplier and DDR600 ram at 3ghz with a 1:1 ratio. They don't make ram fast enough to achieve upwards of 2.7ghz with a 9x multiplier and a 1:1 ratio. Most you could get is about 2.7, maybe more if you overclocked DDR600 but even then, that memory doesn't like to overclock much.