I'll beat you guys to the punch, I'm admittedly a n00b to the dark gaming/OC'ing underbelly of the PC world. I recently bought a p4 2.6 800fsb off of acmicro.com ($198). I installed the CPU only to find that winXP was detecting it as 1.6 Ghz with a 800fsb. I ran an Intel processor ID tool and says that the CPU is a non production processor. I called the vendor and he says that I have to modify my a setting (forget the name) in my bios to 12x. Once I do this, XP detects it as 2.6 and the intel utility detects it as 2.6ghz w/ 800fsb but still as a non-production processor. Was I just jooped into buying a 1.6 at a 2.6 price and then manipulated into overclocking it so I think that I really got a 2.6? Or does what I did have anything to do with overclocking? If I didn't overclock it how can I? Has anyone ever heard of a non-production P4 being sold without disclosing such?
I have a 9800pro, d865perl Mobo, 2 512 kingston pc3200 400mz sticks, 5 80mm fans, antec 350w PS. The system keeps crashing during games (or the video goes out) and I can't help but feel that it's this non production CPU. any advice? Also how can I run some benchmark tests on my system to see if I am getting the right performance out of it?
you are pretty lucky to have an unlocked CPU! while OC'ing you will have more options. If you decide to benchmark with 3DMark 2003 and your comp crashes to the desktop its most likely a memory problem, if it locks up and freezes it could be a CPU problem, or if your video just kicks out and goes black you could have a bad video card.
try getting new drivers and junk. windows update, latest catalyst drivers, newest chipset drivers, ect.