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there's a guy on craigslist selling some "engineer sample" Q6600 ...

what exactly are these chips ? better ? worse ? what are differences ?

thx in advance for your answers.
    
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Its usually a chip that was produced as a sample to test before standard production. In some cases they can be crazy ocers but it depends
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some are good overclockers and some suck. i would ask him to run the chip in coretemp to get the vid and see what it it.
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generally i think engineering samples have unlocked multi's?????

i don't know, it may be as simple as the chip is rare so they charge more, lol
    
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Engineering sample processors (also known as ES processors) are not intended to be offered for sale or resale to the general public. ES processors are considered "Intel Confidential" processors and are only to be used within Intel or by AUTHORIZED personnel outside of Intel for purposes of testing, evaluating, and/or pre-configuring systems. Every ES processor that is "Loaned" outside of Intel is done so under strict contractual agreements or Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA) to assure the protection of Intel's intellectual property and the unit during the time it is "Loaned" out.

ES processors are available to those who qualify for, and obtain, an NDA. An Intel® Authorized Distributor can assist with the application to obtain an NDA. There are no other means to obtain sample processors from Intel Customer Support. Engineering sample processors are designed and built like normal processors, but offer additional features for testing purposes. These processors are not packaged or labeled for sale to consumers, and may incur damage when tested by system builders.
I have a e6700es chip myself. most will come with unlocked multi. Some might be good some could be bad. The one I got was able to oc to 3.7@1.46 and got a higher score in 3dmark06 then my e6850 oc at 3.9.
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Test samples. They might be final design, might not. Most likely not.
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