Intel discontinues production of the 1.6GHz 'Northwood' Pentium 4
The chip manufacturer Intel is stopping the production of the smallest Pentium 4 with Northwood-Die with immediate effect. As early as July, processors of this type will no longer be delivered to distributors and dealers.
This means that the most effective Pentium 4 that can be overclocked will disappear from the market. Since the Northwood core was only supposed to replace the older and more power-hungry Willamette from 2.0 GHz, the 1.8 and especially the 1.6 GHz version were practically to be regarded as 'underclocked' models. In most cases, the 1.6GHz P4 was just as overclockable as the 2.0GHz variant. In other words, overclocking by an incredible 50% to 2.4GHz was not a problem in most cases. Anyone who is currently toying with the purchase should strike in the next few days, if possible, before it is too late.