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Hey everyone,

I know someone who has at least one golden batch i7 920 D0. Batch number: 3845b223. They are work pulls from relatively new systems that have been returned due to other component failures. The chips have been tested and are working.

I'm on my third 920 so far in the search for the highest possible overclock. (if you buy second hand you can sell them for what you buy them for so I'm not really losing any money). I am quite new to overclocking so unfortunately I have only just discovered that certain batch numbers have greater potential for overclocking. I know its not guaranteed but a good batch number should provide me with a greater chance.

I am wanting to buy one of these golden batch 920's but I am unsure what a fair price would be. I've seen i7 920 D0's go from anything between £90 - £130 on ebay. (I have sold a second hand one for £130 myself). What are peoples thoughts. Should I pay over the odds for one? What price have other people purchased these golden batches for? Bear in mind that these may be second hand but due to where they have been sourced from should be in as good a condition as they could be and I would highly doubt they have been overclocked.
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post #2 of 17
seems like a convoluted waste of money to find that specific chip.

Why not simply kill the batman?
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As I mentioned before. I'm not losing money if I sell my previous chip for the same price I paid. I enjoy overclocking. Simple as.

In regards to batman. I've tried several times and failed. Overclockings is a much easier and safer hobby.
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To defend the OP. This would not be the first time someone tries to find that special golden chip. If it's worth the money and hassle to the OP, so be it.

The only real way to find out, is to use the simple trial and error method. I suppose there is no other way to be 100% sure.
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To defend the OP. This would not be the first time someone tries to find that special golden chip. If it's worth the money and hassle to the OP, so be it.

The only real way to find out, is to use the simple trial and error method. I suppose there is no other way to be 100% sure.
No, nuking it from orbit is the only way to be sure. JK.
I guess if it's a hobby and you have the spare time, just keep looking. I would think the FS/FT area here would be a great place to look.
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post #6 of 17
Altho batch numbers are a reasonable guide, as to which chips OC better/worse.
It's still entirely luck of the draw. Even great batches have their bad apples
Nothing is guaranteed.

You already have a great overclocking 920. Why risk it for one that might OC worse?
Since you do enjoy overclocking, why don't you start OC'ing the other parts of your system? GPU OC will yield good 3D Benchmark increases, oc'ing the mem (since you do have Dominators) will give you better overall performance.
There's more to oc'ing than just the CPU.
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post #7 of 17
Even if you get a lucky batch you never know what you will get. EVERY CHIP IS DIFFERENT. Think of it like a pebble in a stream, some are alike, but no 2 are exactly the same.
 
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post #8 of 17
good luck jokah, also hunt for which batch give ya higher BCLK.
post #9 of 17
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Thanks for everyones input so far but no one seems to be answering my question. I understand that a good batch number does not neccesserily guarantee a good overclock but if I can keep trying different chips without really losing any money then theres no harm really. If my new chip doesnt oc as well then I just keep my old one.

All I really need to know is if anyone thinks that a cpu that is considered to be a golden batch should be worth more. He wants £150 + p&p and I just wandered if people think this is a bit steep?

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Originally Posted by SkipSkovhugger View Post
Altho batch numbers are a reasonable guide, as to which chips OC better/worse.
It's still entirely luck of the draw. Even great batches have their bad apples
Nothing is guaranteed.

You already have a great overclocking 920. Why risk it for one that might OC worse?
Since you do enjoy overclocking, why don't you start OC'ing the other parts of your system? GPU OC will yield good 3D Benchmark increases, oc'ing the mem (since you do have Dominators) will give you better overall performance.
There's more to oc'ing than just the CPU.
Who overclocks there CPU and nothing else? Everything I have has been pushed to its max (the max I can get at least. I'm sure someone with more oc knowledge could do better). I dont keep it there but as many will understand the fun is seeing what you can get out of it. Currently awaiting a GTX 570 TFIII. I was getting a bit worried with my reference 570 due to the VRM issues some people claim to have had.

EDIT:

Quote:
No, nuking it from orbit is the only way to be sure. JK.
I guess if it's a hobby and you have the spare time, just keep looking. I would think the FS/FT area here would be a great place to look.
Forgot to mention. Whats the FS/FT area?
Edited by Jokah - 5/9/11 at 5:01am
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post #10 of 17
hardware and the quality of the components contributes towards good clock enen you found a golden chip your other hardware restrict that chip aswell.
some time a golden chip clocks better in one system but not in other system.
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