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Theres a guy willing to sell me this CPU. Claims it's engineering sample with latest B1 stepping.
Do you think it would be a good overclocker?
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You never know till you try it. Is your 975 a good clocker?
I would get it if it's cheap. Gulftowns usually clock better and run cooler.
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I would say my 975 is a bad clocker. Or maybe my mobo is. Dunno witch. Can't get passed 4.0 stable. Can idle/surf etc for a while at 4.4 but will crash after a few minutes gaming or benching. No voltage increase seems to help.
QPI/VTT @ 1.54 volt. Anything less and it won't boot. Still BSOD says 0124 when trying pass 4.0. Guess the mem-controller is bad.

Was hoping to reach 4.5 GHz for 24/7 use but no luck. Maybe I'll give that w3680 a shot instead.

Someone wrote ES would be bad chips since they were early releases and most likely would have a short lifespan.
Another guy wrote ES would often be golden chips since they were sent to overclockers/reviewer worldwide to promote Intels new cpu-range.

Was kinda hoping for the latter...
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why do people sell/buy engineering samples? having one of the first chips made cant exactly be a good thing
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why do people sell/buy engineering samples? having one of the first chips made cant exactly be a good thing
Usually they are cherry picked samples shipped to board/hardware partners and usually feature unlocked multipliers. Which is an overclockers dream chip.
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I do believe ES chips are also illegal to sell right? or did Intel decide to change that....
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I do believe ES chips are also illegal to sell right? or did Intel decide to change that....
Correct.
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Usually they are cherry picked samples shipped to board/hardware partners and usually feature unlocked multipliers. Which is an overclockers dream chip.
oh i thought it was a "ok we'll do one batch and see how they turn out" kinda thing, meaning it could be absolute crap if they made a naff batch
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