The Intel Atom N270 CPU is pretty easy to overclock and underclock. So while the chip is described as a 1.6GHz CPU, it’s pretty simple to get it to run at speeds between 800MHz and 1.9GHz. In fact, Asus, MSI, and other netbook makers even include handy software utilities that will let you increase or decrease the clock speed with the click of a button.
But what if 1.9GHz just ain’t good enough for you? The folks at Team Asutralia decided to take apart an MSI Wind U100 netbook and push its processor to the limit. In order to keep the CPU from overheating, they hooked up a little liquid nitrogen cooling action. It may look silly, but it allowed the team to boost the CPU speed to a whopping 2315.7MHz.
On the other hand, they did have to make a few sacrifices when it comes to portability. I think it’s safe to file this hack firmly under the category of “because I can.” Because there’s really absolutely no other reason to do this.