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March 31, 2013 2:48:57 AM

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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March 31, 2013 3:10:39 AM

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.
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March 31, 2013 3:14:43 AM

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 :) 
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March 31, 2013 3:27:46 AM

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.
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March 31, 2013 5:34:04 AM

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.
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April 3, 2013 4:36:19 PM

"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,
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Intel Customer Support
Karla"
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April 3, 2013 5:09:51 PM

Wow, thanks a lot! I think then it's clear :) 
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