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What is the "stepping" of a processor mean..
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I believe it just says the batch when it was made. So if you get a chip from a good batch, (same big wafer) you stand a good chance of being able to overclock the chip the same as the other guy who has the same stepping.
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maybe an overall generalization but seemingly the early the chip was made in the production the better it seems to oc, thats what people usually mean when they talk about stepping, For example the opty 144 in early production had the best ocer's with the cabne, cab2e, and cabye steppings
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post #4 of 12
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before you buy any CPU, google first, find out which model's golden stepping. and buy wutever golden stepping you can get. stepping will make a big different in terms of OC. if you have bad stepping, no matter how hard you try, the result is always disappointing.
how do i know if something has golden stepping?
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post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by SiPex
how do i know if something has golden stepping?
ebay sellers will sell prime stepping for higher prices and some online retailers let you choose but most of the time it s a crap shoot.
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post #6 of 12
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is that why i see 2 of the same processor on newegg.com but different prices?
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sorta those are usually two different cores for the chips. The newer athlon 64's are 1.35 v and the old ones are the 1.35/1.4v ones. The newer are better. The same goes for the 3500+ thats has had many revisions to it. The stepping most people here are talking about is a 5 letter designation like cabne, cabye, cabge, cacje, etc. New egg wont let you choose. It a rarity you knwo until you get it. Ebay is really the only place to know but I dont trust most ebay chips validity.
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post #8 of 12
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is there a website that lets you choose, which stepping is best for overclocking?
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One is probably a retail and the other is OEM.

Stepping refers to when a particular CPU was manufactured. By the stepping you can find out if there was a revision in a memory controller (AMDs) or improved architecture. Generally, you can look at the stepping and compare it to others of the same stepping to get a gauge of what kind of an overclock you can expect out of it.
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i saw one on ebay that said it was a rare cacje stepping, is that best for overclocking?
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