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Intel: B in front of the processor name?

Hi,
I want to buy an Acer Aspire One 756 and I saw that there are models which come with an "Intel Pentium 987" and an "Intel Pentium B987" processor.

I know that the same model is also available with the Intel Pentium 997. Is it possible that the B987 is the 997? Or does the B just mean that it's a boxed CPU? (Which is obvious since it's in a laptop)

The funny thing is that the B987 model costs around $30 bucks more than the 987 one.

Thanks in advance!
Chris
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  1. I can not find a B987 but the 987 is a low power chip while the "B" prefix looks to represent normal chips with higher clock speeds and more power consumption. http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Processors-Benchmarklist.2436.0.html
  2. Quote from intel site "This letter designator identifies Pentium 4 processors that support a 533 MHz front side bus speed. For example, the Pentium 4 processor at 2.40 GHz supports a 400 MHz bus speed and the Pentium 4 processor at 2.40B GHz supports a 533 MHz bus speed." So basically the letter b means it has a faster bus speed.
  3. Thanks for the replies!
    I also saw that the Celeron B730 has 1800 MHz while the 730 (without B) has 1600. I think that I'll go for the B987 then :)
  4. zink1701 said:
    Quote from intel site "This letter designator identifies Pentium 4 processors that support a 533 MHz front side bus speed. For example, the Pentium 4 processor at 2.40 GHz supports a 400 MHz bus speed and the Pentium 4 processor at 2.40B GHz supports a 533 MHz bus speed." So basically the letter b means it has a faster bus speed.



    I doubt that it has anything to do with bus speed. In any event, I sent Intel an e-mail asking for assistance in the matter, as the B987 doesn't even exist outside of the tech sheet for that laptop. It isn't even listed on Intel's website.
  5. It may not have anything to do with bus speed but i just quoting what intel say http://www.intel.com/support/processors/pentium4/sb/CS-030167.htm
  6. Hi,
    I solved the riddle: The laptop with the 987B processor costs +$30 because it has a better battery. The CPUs seem to be the same for both models, probably there is indeed a better bus speed but I wasn't able to find out anything about that yet.
  7. Best answer
    "Hello XXXXXXXX,

    Thank you for contacting Intel Customer Support.

    I understand you would like to know if there is an Intel® Pentium® B987.

    There is no information about the processor in question after having researched on our internal database; therefore, the root causes of this might be that:

    1. The processor was manufactured in specific for this computer manufacturer only.
    2. It is an OEM/tray unit only (sold to computer manufacturers and are not available as a retail boxed version)
    3. There is a typo on the computer manufacturer specifications.

    At this time I am escalating for further investigation to see if we have anything on records about this processor. As soon as having any information on this I will be contacting you back.

    Important note: Should you need further assistance from us regarding your inquiry, we would highly appreciate if you could simply reply to this email of ours, instead of sending a brand new email, unless it is a different issue/inquiry. Thus, we will be avoiding duplicate incoming emails, and we will not lose track of the email thread.

    Sincerely,
    ========
    Intel Customer Support
    Karla"
  8. Wow, thanks a lot! I think then it's clear :)
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