There’s an awful lot of overclocking out there: The Windows team at Microsoft was getting some bizarre crash reports. They followed up on 10 of them, and found that five people had intentionally overclocked their system. As for the rest:
>The other half said, “What’s overclocking?” He called them and walked them through some configuration information and was able to conclude that they were indeed all overclocked. But these people were not overclocking on purpose. The computer was already overclocked when they bought it. These “stealth overclocked” computers came from small, independent “Bob’s Computer Store”-type shops, not from one of the major computer manufacturers or retailers.
So are these shops buying slower processors, then overclocking them and selling them as CPUs of the actual speed they’ve been overclocked to? Sneaky. Sleazy.