I'm going to be ordering an i7 system and have been reading about the whole D0 stepping from newer chips. Since I cannot guarantee in Canada a D0 stepping chip anywhere except for NCIX and they're about $60 more for that, what does it mean if I end up getting a C0 chip instead?
That I won't be able to OC above 4ghz on air? If I'm only concerned about doing a mild overclock say 3.2-3.6 then will a C0 do just fine?
Fortunately I'm never in a rush to make large purchases like this so I can certainly wait. I tried calling direct canada today but they basically told me they can't check stock like that. Would have to try a smaller mom&pop store.
It certainly sounds like the D0, performance wise, is a better choice to wait on...cooler and higher oc's? that sounds good.
What is your location? If you are within a reasonable distance of one of the Canada Computer stores in Ontario, they will normally let you check their stock for a specific stepping if you are in the store, but possibly won't do it over the the phone.
This isn't regarding a Core i7 but instead a Xeon... I've just bought a couple of Xeon E5520's (to build a server platform) from two different vendors, one specifically said it had a C0 stepping, the other one is unknown... do you think I could have problems if the other processor turns out to be a different stepping?