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What is a "AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (ES)" processor

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May 16, 2006 4:36:01 AM

I was cruising good ol ebay and happened upon this auction:

The item number is: 6881578990

Anyhow, it says only SOME boards are compatible with this new cpu and I was wondering what the heck the guys talking about.
I could only think that it is some sort of mobile cpu, google told no tales. It does appear to have a heatspreader installed so I am mystified.
May 16, 2006 5:01:01 AM

Its one of the older cores that they are trying to pawn off on stupid people, and as for the ES, i have no clue but all i know is that it is OEM since it doesnt come in a box with a heatsink, Clawhammer is the old core the new core is the Venice. for socket 939 but since this is for 754 i dont know, all i know is that there are no new lower end cores out there other than a few new semprons so probably just some bs they made up to help it sell.
May 16, 2006 5:10:17 AM

Wasn't Clawhammer one of the first cores for the Athlon 64 architecture? I bought one of the 'applicable motherboards' Sep. 2004 (MSI FIS2R) with a Newcastle Core. That motherboard was one of the first out that supported socket 754, stopped making it about 6 months after I bought it. I agree that he is just trying to pawn off some old inventory thats around 2 years out of date.
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May 16, 2006 5:53:32 AM

ES = Engineering Sample
They are functional samples and should work on their respective platforms.

They are not meant for sale but a lot of them are leaked onto the market.
Here in Taiwan, there were ES samples of Pentium D 820 that were sold for 60 ~ 70% price of a retail boxed Pentium D 820. So being such a old processor, I'd say it's worth 1/3 or 1/4 of the retail price?

I guess warranty would be your biggest concern if you were to purchase this ES porcessor!.......There isnt any warranty with ES samples!!
May 16, 2006 6:51:01 AM

Cool man, that makes sense "Engineering Sample" . I was just curious, I won't ever pay more than 60 for a 754 2800-3000.
May 16, 2006 8:33:14 AM

I think maybe on the ES chips the multipliers might not be locked. I know some Intel chips used to come like that but I don't know if things have changed or not since.
May 16, 2006 9:10:44 AM

You would think so, but no. Those chips are labeled 3000, so the multi is locked.
It's like the conroe ES chips that are out there.
May 16, 2006 10:05:31 AM

Ok fair enough. I've never owned or touched an ES chip before, it's just from what I remember reading (it was a fair while back I'll give you that).