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What stepping means?

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October 10, 2008 7:30:39 PM

Can anyone explain me what exactly stepping means?


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October 10, 2008 7:43:48 PM

"stepping" refers to the version or rather the revision number of a CPU.
newer "steppings" are thought to be more stable or faster
October 10, 2008 7:50:26 PM

Thanks ! :) 

Can you see the stepping somewhere when buying a processor?
October 10, 2008 7:58:01 PM

I mean on the box...
October 10, 2008 8:09:17 PM


For Intel CPU's, if you look at the Processor Spec Finder and put in what is on the box, like for example Q6600:




You can find the different steppings, as well as the sSpec#, which you can tell that a SL9UM is a B3 stepping, and SLACR is the G0 stepping.

The sSpec# is on the box it came in (retail) IHS as well, which would even be on an OEM CPU.

Not sure about how AMD is, since it's been a long time that I've own one.
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October 10, 2008 8:34:50 PM

Shall we assume what seems obvious, that the name 'stepping' comes from the idea of a 'step', i.e. an incremental movement, from one version to another? Or does it come from something else?
October 10, 2008 9:14:41 PM

Thanks Grimmy :hello: