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July 20, 2007 3:04:42 PM

So, do you guys think sites like tiger direct or newegg will send out random Q6600s and those that get G0 stepping luck out? Seems to me its not going to be so easy to get your hands on one if the vendors do not validate which CPU is which.

Any ideas how to circumvent this problem? I can only see a watchdog type thread evolving to find the hot spots.
July 20, 2007 3:49:17 PM

Just give me your non-G0 stepping Q6600 and I will relieve you of the pain of having it!
July 21, 2007 12:17:59 AM

Ha, what would work if...

1. I had one
2. I was willing to sell what i don't have.

You could also look at it this way.

1. Wait for GO launch.
2. Don't buy one.
3. .......
4. PROFIT!
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July 21, 2007 1:10:32 AM

Synthetickiller said:
So, do you guys think sites like tiger direct or newegg will send out random Q6600s and those that get G0 stepping luck out? Seems to me its not going to be so easy to get your hands on one if the vendors do not validate which CPU is which.

Any ideas how to circumvent this problem? I can only see a watchdog type thread evolving to find the hot spots.


Most e-tailers/ stores will just pick up a Q6600 from their storeroom and send it to you, regardless of stepping. They don't really let you chose or anything, but you can preorder a G0 at this site, Tankguys.
July 21, 2007 1:23:06 AM

What is all this G0 stepping about? I havent heard about it until today (the day before i buy a Q6600?!)
July 21, 2007 1:29:31 AM

Cooler and OC's better.
July 21, 2007 2:01:01 AM

Processors are virtually the same price everywhere (except right before/after price cuts). Just walk some place and get one there, and you can be sure it has the right stepping.
July 21, 2007 2:32:30 AM

Yeah but will stores have a 100:1 ratio of old stuff, or will it be about 50/50?
July 21, 2007 2:26:43 PM

Synthetickiller said:
So, do you guys think sites like tiger direct or newegg will send out random Q6600s and those that get G0 stepping luck out?


No.

Synthetickiller said:
Seems to me its not going to be so easy to get your hands on one if the vendors do not validate which CPU is which.


They do. Have you looked at the Specs on the currently available Q6600? If you purchase one with the G-0 stepping conversion that’s the one you should receive. If they don’t send you the processor you ordered, send it back. Tigerdirect identifies the processor you’re purchasing on their product page:

Wattage: 105W
Architecture: 65 nm
Core Stepping B3

So does Newegg on the Manufacturers Product link…

Package type: LGA775
Manufacturing technology: 65 nm:
Core Stepping: B3
CPUID String: 06F7h
TDP 105W
Thermal Spec 62.2°C
Core Voltage 1.100V-1.372V


The question is which stores don’t?

Also, according to Intel, the availability of the new processors is dependent on how fast old inventory is depleted:

“The depletion of inventory may be impacted by fluctuating supply and demand,
therefore, although customers should be prepared to receive the Post-Converted Materials on this date [July 13,2007], Intel will continue to ship and customers may continue to receive the pre-converted materials until the inventory has been depleted.”

So it would seem, not surprisingly, that retailers are expected to deplete old inventory before selling the updated processors.

Besides, each processor is clearly identified prior to adding it to your cart so they would have to differentiate the old ones from the new ones. To send out one that isn%u2019t as represented on the retailers site at the time of purchase is to send you the wrong item.

Synthetickiller said:
Any ideas how to circumvent this problem?


Read the Specs before purchasing...
July 21, 2007 4:27:31 PM

Nightowl0707

As you showed the Newegg core stepping is B3.... is this the G-O stepping or the old stepping? If not the new, then what will be the nomenclature for the G-O stepping? Any info guys?
July 21, 2007 4:40:43 PM

gooman said:
Nightowl0707

As you showed the Newegg core stepping is B3.... is this the G-O stepping or the old stepping? If not the new, then what will be the nomenclature for the G-O stepping? Any info guys?


It's the old stepping. The CPUID on the new conversion will be 06FB.

Old stepping: B-3
Stepping after conversion: G-0
July 21, 2007 4:49:50 PM

I think this is the info we all need:



Problem is, we can only see the SKU number, right, not the product code etc.... right?

I guess I'll be calling newegg tomorrow stating that I want a Q6600 w/ GO stepping with such and such product code. Now the question is, how can they know which CPU will be in the warehouse or if the guys loading the stuff up will check.
July 21, 2007 5:12:37 PM

Now that I look closely at the Newegg site, I don't see any mention of any kind of stepping. Don't know how you'd know unless you call them. As I stated before somewhere else, I would think that if they were selling the G-O stepped version, they'd have that information plastered on their website in neon lights; so my guess is that they are selling the older version. I don't know if I can hold out though...$299 is pretty sweet. Don't know if it's worth the wait for slightly lower power consumption/heat output.
July 21, 2007 5:20:48 PM

Synthetickiller said:
I think this is the info we all need:

http://i15.tinypic.com/61n6xbp.jpg

Problem is, we can only see the SKU number, right, not the product code etc.... right?
.

You’re making this much more difficult than it is. Just look at the product description at Tigerdirect or the "Manufacturer Product Page" at Newegg. It will either say B-3 or G-0. If it’s B-3, it’s the old version; if it’s G-0, then it’s the new stepping…simple, huh?
Synthetickiller said:

I guess I'll be calling newegg tomorrow stating that I want a Q6600 w/ GO stepping with such and such product code. Now the question is, how can they know which CPU will be in the warehouse or if the guys loading the stuff up will check.


or you could look at the product description before purchasing.

Here's the link for the sSpec Number SL9UM (Old stepping): http://processorfinder.intel.com/details.aspx?sSpec=SL9...
Product Change Notification (B-3 to G-0):
http://intel.pcnalert.com/content/eolpcn/PCN107463-00.p...


July 21, 2007 5:36:07 PM

Not all sites display that unfortunatly. Ebuyer, for one, where I get nearly all my things from.
July 21, 2007 6:02:12 PM

I'm looking at the Newegg site now and unless I'm missing something, I don't see any stepping information (US version of the site). There isn't any Manufacturer's Product Page as far as I can see.
July 21, 2007 6:09:30 PM

gooman said:
I'm looking at the Newegg site now and unless I'm missing something, I don't see any stepping information (US version of the site). There isn't any Manufacturer's Product Page as far as I can see.


Scroll down to the tabs below the product and click on the "Manufacturer Info" tab. Then click on the "Manufacturer Product Page" link and it will take you here:

http://processorfinder.intel.com/details.aspx?sSpec=SL9...
July 21, 2007 6:15:23 PM

Thanks Nightowl...appreciate it
July 21, 2007 6:37:27 PM

At www.overclockers.co.uk you can choose which version you want. G0 is £10 more and still on pre-order. They restocked on the b3s since they sold out a few days ago after the price drop, but G0s have not come in yet...

Anyone any idea if we're talking days or weeks here?
July 21, 2007 9:05:34 PM

Thanks. Now lets just hope egghead updates the page (I would assume so).

Happy hunting everyone.
July 24, 2007 2:12:29 PM

But if you read on the bottom of the PCN report it lists

"Date customer must be ready to receive post conversion material July 27th." Is that our magical g0 date?
July 24, 2007 3:19:44 PM

Thats what I was wondering maybe July 27th is when they expect to start reciving the new processor?
Do we know what the deal is with sites (more then just Newegg) being out of stock and then like not even an hour later they have more? Sites can have new stock that quick can they? I would expect them to be out of stock for a couple of days and then get new ones in?
July 24, 2007 4:38:13 PM

Are G0 Steppings actually out yet? Because i'm about to buy from my local dealer tomorrow for $275 and they have loads of stock. Should you think they have G0 steppings too? should I ask if they have them, if they don't should I wait. or should i just get a B3 stepping. I'll be ocing to 3.2Ghz (400x8).
July 24, 2007 5:03:37 PM

If you want G0 on a Quad-Core, either spend 500$ on the Q6700 now or wait for at least a 2 weeks until they run out of B3 Q6600's.

Or, do what is smart and buy an E6750 and overclock it to 4.0Ghz on air. And then wait for Yorksfield or even Nahalem and get 4.5Ghz with 8 threads!
July 24, 2007 5:35:48 PM

To address the issue of "will the warehouse ship the correct CPU?"

Odds are they will keep the two versions separate, they are different enough to where I couldn't image them mixing the stock, besides they would want to send out the older stock first anyways. It would be extremely imcompetant for them to mix the two. I worked in a warehouse a few yers back and they never mixed old stock with the new.

If you want to be sure your getting the new stuff call or wait a few weeks and the stock of the older version should be depleted, obvioulsy demand is huge right now with the price cuts so it should deplete the stock rather fast.

July 25, 2007 11:38:41 AM

A warning for those in UK thinking of purchasing from ebuyer, I had an old B3 stepping Q6600 delivered this morning and I can easily see it's the old stepping from the box. Dispite what the admin on the buyer boards says, you can tell the old stock from the new from the box on the outside. At the end of the product code 'SL9UM is B3, SL9UM is the new G0.

I'm not happy at getting the old stock, but there is nothing I can do about it.
July 25, 2007 4:01:48 PM

TankGuys doesn't have the GO in yet, but they claim they SHOULD have them by August 6th. I officially payed the full amount (295 bucks) for it, so hopefully they will get them in on time.

It'll be interesting to see who gets a GO stepping q6600 first.
July 25, 2007 4:42:05 PM

Apparently ncix.com is shipping the g0 stepping.
July 25, 2007 4:47:47 PM

G0 in UK should be at the end of august :/ 
July 26, 2007 2:36:23 AM

I got a g0 306 shipped to US and fully insured from NCIX, woulda been 301 if i didn't get full insurance.
July 26, 2007 2:40:20 AM

I'm jealous. I'm still waiting on Tankguys. At least I know its a G0, but I hate waiting!

Nice work on the find guys.
July 26, 2007 3:15:07 AM

shooter124 said:
I got a g0 306 shipped to US and fully insured from NCIX, woulda been 301 if i didn't get full insurance.

When did you order it?
July 26, 2007 3:45:11 AM

I buy from NCIX and plan on buying my Q6600 from there, however if you look through the forums you find that the staff will not confirm wether or not it's the G0 stepping. They think it could be as they just got new inventory from reliable sources as they say, however so did newegg and others. I think it's worth waiting for just to be sure. As for the people who have already ordered from NCIX can you please inform us wether or not it is infact a G0 stepping.
thanx
James
July 26, 2007 5:28:51 AM

Damn I got a q6600 today myself and it says prod code BX80562Q6600SL9UM mm#887620 FPO/Batch # L645G523
version # D80965-003 is that the B3 stepping?
July 26, 2007 6:42:24 AM

SL9UM is pre-conversion S spec
SLACR is post conversion S spec
July 26, 2007 3:42:47 PM

Quote:

As for the people who have already ordered from NCIX can you please inform us wether or not it is infact a G0 stepping.
thanx

Also looking at the forums most have showed that they are getting the SLACR on there invoice order form. Some that bought it in the store said they are getting the G0 and don't even see the B3. I ordered yesterday but have not gotten my invoice (that has the SN I guess on it).
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