This was on MacOSrumors today: Thursday, August 8 Xtrem's 1200MHz Mac "Hoax" Just Misunderstood? Rumor If reports from Apple sources are to be believed, the claims put forth by aspiring Swedish Mac accleration maker Xtrem, Inc. may not be a hoax after all -- and relatively practical, to boot. Whether or not one believes that 1200MHz is possible with any alteration to the PowerPC 7400 (aka G4), it appears that Xtrem doesn't plan to actually make their own Macs -- rather, they would buy PowerMac G4s from Apple and resell them as a Value Added Reseller (VAR) by applying their own high-end supercooling technology and upping the price. Many Mac sites have proclaimed Xtrem's 1200MHz Mac a hoax, and who can blame them? Xtrem has provided nearly no technical details and no actual product photos (merely computer renderings), giving the community little to base its estimations upon. However, if it is true that Xtrem will be a VAR rather than a true clone maker, its claims begin to make sense. Using a large replacement enclosure for the PowerMac G4 that is essentially a minitower-sized cooling device employing Peltier heat-transmission and liquid cooling, Xtrem would chill the processor(s) to hundreds of degrees below zero Fahrenheit. At these temperatures, the processor's pathways suffer less electric signal "blurring," and can operate without crashing at higher clock rates. 1.2GHz is a very high overclock on today's G4s -- rather unlikely, in fact, to produce crash-free machines with any regularity -- but 1GHz from a 500MHz G4 is not out of the question, and by the time Xtrem ships its Value-Added G4s, the G4 and G4e may be running at up to 800MHz cooled only by a standard heatsink. Please don't think that this site wishes to make any claims that Xtrem is for real -- merely that evidence exists to suggest that their claims are misunderstood and not necessarily as impractical as they appear on first glance. After all, Wintel overclocking companies have already used similar cooling enclosures to accelerate Pentiums and Athlons by a factor of two or more. Xtrem's other claims, including a 150MHz bus speed, are not utterly impossible with a cooled UMA-1 motherboard and memory -- but remain very unlikely and serve to further damage their image in the eyes of the community. There can be little doubt that by making announcements with no demonstrable -- or even visible -- product, and claims that are clearly outrageous without evidence to the contrary, Xtrem has given the Mac world little reason to take it seriously. As with most things, time will tell the tale -- and the wise reader may wish to withhold judgement until the tale is indeed told.