What stepping means?

Can anyone explain me what exactly stepping means?

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  1. http://www.anandtech.com/guides/viewfaq.aspx?i=6

    In essence, it's a version number.
  2. "stepping" refers to the version or rather the revision number of a CPU.
    newer "steppings" are thought to be more stable or faster
  3. Thanks ! :)

    Can you see the stepping somewhere when buying a processor?
  4. I mean on the box...
  5. Yes.

    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.
  6. 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?
  7. Thanks Grimmy :hello:
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