Research Brief

 

Intel Announces New Pentium OverDrive Processors

Intel announced the availability of OverDrive Processors to upgrade Pentium systems with clock speeds from 60 to 100 MHz. Intel is using .35 micron fabrication technology for the OverDrive processors, which allows the vendor to include higher levels of functionality than the original Pentium being replaced. The OverDrive upgrades are designed to be easy to install by users. Included in the chipsets are increased capacitors to provide voltage filtering, fully integrated cooling fans, and pre-configured core-to-bus speed ratios. Intel claims OverDrive users will see at least fifty percent faster performance for 16-bit applications.

 

Intel OverDrive Upgrades and Pricing

Original Upgradable Pentium Processor

Pentium OverDrive Processor Upgrade

Availability Suggested List Price (U.S.)

60 or 66-MHz Pentium

120/133-MHz OverDrive Processor

Now @ $399

75-MHz Pentium

125 MHz OverDrive Processor

Now @ $399

90-MHz Pentium

150 MHz OverDrive Processor

May, 1996 @ $499

Source: Intel Corporation

Intel OverDrive Upgrades and Pricing

 

Original Upgradable 486 Processor

Pentium OverDrive Processor Upgrade

Availability Suggested List Price (U.S.)

486 33-MHz SX or DX and 486 66-MHz DX2

83-MHz Pentium OverDrive

Now @ $299

486 25-MHz SX or 486 50-MHz SX2 or DX2

63-MHz Pentium OverDrive

Now @ $219

Source: Intel Corporation

Analysis

Intel is providing users with easy upgrades to the faster Pentium chips that include more features than the original Pentium being replaced. Intelís goal is to move users to 100 MHz or faster Pentiums as the standard desktop processor. Offering the OverDrive upgrades not only keeps users on the leading edge of processing technology, but this strategy helps keep the other chip makers out of the upgrade process. Rather than evaluating other chipsets to maintain performance, Intel can keep users in its fold by offering competitive upgrades. Further, Intel is taking advantage of its .35 micron fabrication technology to monopolize the processor market. This will make it much harder for alternative chip makers to compete for Intelís customers.