That depends on how you mean "cannot run at lower speeds."
I've underclocked CPUs just fine, many times, without any problem, including
- purely to see how it would run, my new Pentium D - which runs quite
happily at 2128mhz rather than 3200. That said, with modern CPUs (P4s,
Athlons) that has been via board settings on boards that support a given
CPU, *not* via plugging a CPU into an older board that didn't support the
And back in the Slot 1/Socket 370 days, it was often (depending on the
individual chipset/motherboard combination) safe to run a 133mhz or 100mhz
FSB chip in a board that only supported 100mhz or 66mhz (don't recall ever
seeing a 133mhz chip tried in a 66mhz board, though!)
I knew a guy who ran a 133mhz chop (a P3/800, IIRC) at 100mhz most of the
time, since the BX chipset wasn't officially spec'd to run at 133mhz.
He'd normally run it underclocked, and then reboot and switch it up for
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