[RC5] Adverse effects of participation?

Forbes_Thayne at emc.com Forbes_Thayne at emc.com
Tue Feb 1 11:24:46 EST 2000

-----Original Message-----
From: Zypher [mailto:rc5 at planetfortress.com]
Sent: Friday, January 28, 2000 7:07 AM
To: rc5 at lists.distributed.net
Subject: Re: [RC5] Adverse effects of participation?

>Time to clear up another one: Often overclocking your cpu really
>isn't...more often nowadays you're buying an *underclocked* cpu ;) For
>example, the wonderful athlon. If you grab a 500 made in the last few
>months, and crack the case, the core will actually have been tested to 600
>or 650. (Its etched on the core, so I'd say thats proof enough) The
>production is TOO good, they lower enough bins so they can get more lowend
>parts, and not screw up their pricing either. Some 550s out in the last few
>weeks have actually been 0.18 micron cores...the same ones on the Stock
>and 800s.

This is a rather old practice, but it is often/usually because the part in
question would not pass the QA tests at the rated speed, so they bump it
down until it does pass.  They do the same thing with memory, fencing off
half of a chip that fails, and selling it at the lower level.

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