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WHAT is stepping? how does it work? how does it affect your cpu?

post #1 of 5
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Hi

The title says it all. I sort of know but not really. I am newer at computers (1 year) and no one has yet explained. I haven't found a FAQ on it so I am sry if already posted.
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http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/overclocking/29 THIS SHOULD HELP

http://www.neoseeker.com/Hardware/faqs/kb/2,15.html
    
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Basically a 'version' of a CPU.

Often there is a number or letter code indicating which stepping you have. This code includes the actual stepping (version), and week it was made, and some other data I think.

A major stepping change happened in the days when AMD reigned supreme with socket 939. They had an E4 stepping, which had problems running six or more than six banks RAM (or three or more sticks double sided RAM). Then, there came a revision of those CPUs... the E6 stepping. Improved memory controller, but actually not as good overclock wise (esp. for the 3700+ San Diego)

With the Core 2 Duo, you hear a lot about 'weeks'. Some weeks aren't as good as others. And the week indeed is what you think it is. A number (indicating the week) followed by a letter (indicating a new batch I guess)
    
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just dont get anything thats made on friday or monday,people seem to rush to get the h#ll out of work,lol
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Stepping is the different weeks, or revisions of a cpu. Some revisions overclock better than others. Sorry, I looked, but I couldn't find the list of good intel weeks. Theres one somewhere here.
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