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how do i read the stepping on a p4

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ib69nu

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i have read the stepping on how to read the production date and the plant, but it doesnt tell me how to read the stepping (b0, b0 shrink, c1). I am going to go to the local shop today, and i want to get a good processor. i know that the c1 is the best stepping intel offers, but what else should i look for. i know that a recent pack date is best.
thanks for helping an amd guy out
 
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ib69nu

ib69nu

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now i know which ones i am looking for, how do i find this on the box, or is it only on the processor?
thanks

how good is the retail heatsink on p4's? I know the ones that come with xp's really suck.
 

looktall

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the intel hsf is excellent.
even when overclocking it will serve you well. (the black pad on the base works ok too).

so, you have a list of s-specs, right?
on the box you'll find the s-spec is the last 5 characters of the prod code.
 

batboy

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The easiest way to tell a C1 stepping is to look at the default voltage. C1 is 1.525v compared to 1.5v of the B0 stepping.

Although I agree the Intel retail heatsink is a fairly good design, the fan that comes with it is quite wimpy and should not be used for anything more than a mild overclock. I strongly disagree with the opinion that the black heat pad that comes with retail heatsink is good. On the contrary, it's pretty crappy.
 

looktall

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the TIM (and the fan for that matter) worked fine on my celeron.
it kept my [email protected]@1.70v below 40C. the avg was about 35C.

i've heard of many people using the intel heatsink for quite large overclocks.

EDIT: mind you, the fan on the celeron cooler is slightly larger than on the P4.