(removing the TLDR portion) Once upon a time, I purchased 2 e8500 combos from Fry's; Both turned out to be SLAPK's. I used one, then shelved the other until a friend asked me to build him a new machine. I found and purchased a replacement CPU on-line, then built him his system... That replacement CPU has sat on the shelf for another full year until now that I've decided to use it, when I noticed the nice little "Intel Confidential" instead of the e8500's markings... While I get it's probably a pre-production chip that was probably stolen off the inspection table, would it O'C any better or worse than the production-model?
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The only way to know is to install both and test.
Hehe Yep, working on that right now; I'm mostly wondering if anyone's heard or seen anything faulty with the 'confidential' (stolen?) chips...