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What physically defines 'better' chips?

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As we all know here on OCN, there exists massive variation between speeds that similar chips are able to achieve.

Even though overclocking results speak for themselfs on our screens, I've always wondered what sets one chip apart from another, physically. The ones fabricated closest to the centre of the wafer are said to be the best, but what do they possess that the outside ones don't?

Is it superior connections on the inside? Are their materials more resistant? Or perhaps the least damaged on a microscopic level?

If anyone knows an interesting link, or would care to explain, that'd be great.
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I'm not overly sure on the physical difference but I would take an educated guess and say its everything you just mentioned! Higher quality metals/silicones more resistant ones and the way they are manufactured on a microscopic level.

I will have a trawl of the internet on your behalf and see if I can dig up anything interesting!
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Do not discount the man doing the overclocking. What I mean is, a noob can take a chip with all the potential in the world and his inexperience will only get him so far. A more experienced overclocker can take that cpu to places you would swear only "golden chips" live.
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Do not discount the man doing the overclocking. What I mean is, a noob can take a chip with all the potential in the world and his inexperience will only get him so far. A more experienced overclocker can take that cpu to places you would swear only "golden chips" live.
You're right! As I am one of those noobs, I'm a little scared to overclock my Phenom x4
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I have not at all mastered the fine (or even medium fine) points of overclocking. This learning curve is part of the fun (or at least it is for me). I cannot think of a better way to learn the various words and terms used in the BIOS. I started with ASUS boards and when I looked at my first GigaByte BIOS there was so much I had to look up.

I am past the point of where I am terrified by the BIOS (or places not to change in the BIOS).I have not bricked one yet.
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