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P4 Extreme Edition 3.2Ghz Engineering Sample

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I found one on eBay for $325.00, is it worth it?!
http://cgi.ebay.ca/Intel-Pentium-4-E...QQcmdZViewItem
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I found one on eBay for $325.00, is it worth it?!
http://cgi.ebay.ca/Intel-Pentium-4-E...QQcmdZViewItem
Some people like ES processors for the ability to change the multiplier. I personally have found that just like revisions are usually better than previous releases the ES's are early releases and are seldom as good as later releases though this is personal opinon and others can and do disagree with this view.

Secondly, you can be pretty sure that the person who had the processor was overclocking it and might have been a poor overclocker. There are many people who will create the fastest unit that they can without an regard towards the electrostatic migration and are not concerned with keeping the processor within stability specs.

Thus you are taking your purchase in your own hands. You might get a fine processor and you might get one that is degenerating in stability. Remember also that an poorly overclocked EE will degenerate more quickly with that extra 2MB L3 cache subsystem. Cache is the most easily damaged of silicon through electrostatic migration.

The price is very decent and can be a prime indicator of the status of the processor. Is this the Prescott EE or the Northwood EE? If you were to turn the processor on it's back and look at it with a non EE processor beside it you would see that the EE has more discrete capacitors and resistors on the bottom of the processor than the "normal" Pentium 4. These help to stabilize the EE and bring a more precise power to the EE as it needs a more complex power and clock signal distribution.

Good luck on your choice. Hopefully if you decide to purchase it that you are lucky enough to get it from one who employs safety when overclocking. Keep in mind that this seller has had very few transactions.

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Hey thanks man, I never even thought that the dude would have overclocked it... I think I'm just going to get e new DUal Core Pentium instead
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i jus got an ES one for $70
has 2 broken pins , but works FINE, is stable and yeah
2.0 gz LOL
533FSB
my board is GEEEEE
and i can only change the mulit from 14 to 15
with a different board, could I hit a higher mulit, or did I waste my cash?

and btw, this board has a max fsb increas of 165, and its not stable there
and with my current procesor, it locks at 232
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