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April 6, 2012 1:34:42 PM

Dear Community,

I found a strange processor in an old computer I looted last year from the streets.(you find them lying around sometimes)

It has no serial number nothing, all it says is this:

'AMD Phenom II 42'
'TWKR black edition'
'Not for sale'
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Can someone tell me more about the processor? My cousin is bugging me about it, he wants to buy it for a ridiculously high price. Being a skeptic, I thought it would be a better idea to first seek opinion on tom's Hardware. He's offering 400 Dollars for it. He says that he is offering the price because he pities me because I'm a poor dude and part of his family, but idk..I have a bad gut feeling about it


I can post pics if desired. I did not use it, not sure if I should penetrate my AM3-board with an unknown processor, might catch a disease.




April 6, 2012 1:38:54 PM

basically

AMD created a small number of limited edition “TWKR” processors expressly for the extreme overclocking community in appreciation for their record performance feats with Dragon platform technology and AMD Phenom II processors. These processors are designed to reach the utmost performance barriers of the AMD Phenom II processor and operate beyond the specifications of typical production level processors.
Called the AMD Phenom II X4 42 Black Edition TWKR processor, it is not for sale, and not covered by AMD’s product warranty. This processor is provided “as is” and AMD is not liable for any damages, of any type or character (including without limitation, system damage, loss of data or personal injury) caused as a result of using this processor. The processor will be distributed at this time solely through AMD promotional means.
Under extreme low temperatures (liquid nitrogen and liquid helium cooling), TWKR processors can reach clock frequencies and near absolute zero temperatures previously unheard of for x86 quad-core processors.
These processors demonstrate the sound engineering and superior process technology that is in each AMD Phenom II processor.





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April 6, 2012 1:43:47 PM

deejayburnout said:
Found this for you

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1009/1/


Lol..I should've googled the 'twkr' thing, I was wondering why it wasn't in the AMD catalog for phenom II processors.

So it is some sort of experimental CPU, new questions arise.

-Is it a desired item? Collectors-item?
-If I buy a 150$ cooler along with this CPU, what would the performance be equal to? An I3?
-What's it worth? Should I keep it?


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April 6, 2012 1:45:50 PM

Wish I could find a tweaker lying around lol, you lucky, lucky, B&^%$£d!
:) 
if you had the lockbox with you that'd bump up the price but hey, theres apparently less than 100 of those in the world so I'd research a bit before taking that $400 :) 
**Edit, if you overclock at all, keep it, if not send it to me, I'll erm, keep it safe for you :p 
Moto
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April 6, 2012 1:46:47 PM

Did some searching and apperelty it was a chip AMD created mainly for overclocking enthusiasts. They were designed to reach high speeds at very low temps. It should work fine even if you're not doing any overclocking.

Also the 42 means 4 cores at 2GHz.
April 6, 2012 1:52:23 PM

Motopsychojdn said:
Wish I could find a tweaker lying around lol, you lucky, lucky, B&^%$£d!
:) 
if you had the lockbox with you that'd bump up the price but hey, theres apparently less than 100 of those in the world so I'd research a bit before taking that $400 :) 
**Edit, if you overclock at all, keep it, if not send it to me, I'll erm, keep it safe for you :p 
Moto


I do have the box, it is really small and black with a yellow AMD-logo on it saying 'caution electronic devices'

It also says 'D NOT SHIP OR STORE NEAR STRONG ELECTROSTATIC, ELECTROMAGNETIC, MAGNETIC OR RADIOACTIVE FIELDS'.

There is also a symbol on the box, this one:

Again, I can post picks of that curious little thing. I found the box taped on the HDD in the case lol. The previous owner taped literally everything inside the box, I guess it was his/her way to prevent losing manuals and cables etc.

April 6, 2012 2:01:58 PM

You found this is in the street? Where do you live? O.o
April 6, 2012 2:07:03 PM

KNO3 said:
You found this is in the street? Where do you live? O.o


Amsterdam.

April 6, 2012 2:10:40 PM

geheugensteun said:
Amsterdam.


Just gave notice to my landlord that I'm canceling my lease. Moving company is on their way.
a c 103 à CPUs
April 6, 2012 3:18:08 PM

You do have the lockbox?
omfg.
thats it, just Omfg...
I would be wanting a hell of a lot more than $400....
**Edit, you hereby have used up your entire lifes supply of luck :p 
Moto
April 6, 2012 3:32:06 PM

I would buy that for so much to liquid cool it but I geuss you aren't selling D:

You're so lucky that you found that in a thrown out pc lol... I was happy when I found a P4 in a computer at a dumpster outside of work.
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April 6, 2012 3:38:02 PM

LOL, cool find.

Please post Pics, we would love to see them!
April 6, 2012 3:54:55 PM

check the link for other pics
April 6, 2012 4:55:08 PM

The question is...Does it work. If it was for overclocking enthusiates..maybe the previous owner pushed it too far, and it's toast
a c 103 à CPUs
April 6, 2012 4:59:06 PM

Even so, its a piece of computing history, old vehicles that no longer run are still valuable....
function is a desirable thing obviously though :p 
Moto
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April 6, 2012 5:07:04 PM

Ebay, £500 reserve and watch the £££ roll in.

Only fly, would be AMD's "Not For Resale" !
April 6, 2012 5:57:38 PM

Sell the lock box, and winner gets the cpu thrown in for free? That might get around the not for resale clause
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April 6, 2012 5:58:33 PM

Might be worth mailing Amd, see if that stipulation is still in force?
Moto
April 6, 2012 8:36:25 PM

Motopsychojdn said:
Might be worth mailing Amd, see if that stipulation is still in force?
Moto


Meh, I'm a rebel, don't care about stuff like that xD

das_stig said:
Ebay, £500 reserve and watch the £££ roll in.

Only fly, would be AMD's "Not For Resale" !


Wow u serious?

GI_JONES said:
The question is...Does it work. If it was for overclocking enthusiates..maybe the previous owner pushed it too far, and it's toast

It works perfectly :D !

CaedenV said:
LOL, cool find.

Please post Pics, we would love to see them!

I will notify you and bump this thread once I get around that.

Only 1 thing.

The box is completely different, like...really different.

Here is the box:


Does the box mean a lot value-wise? I mean it's about the CPU right? My hypothesis is that the nicely looking black box was sent for marketing purposes only to companies/review-sites etc., the specimen here is the 'raw' box-version. At least..that's what I think!






April 6, 2012 9:46:04 PM

I think Toms should buy it from you and run some tests..........:D 
April 6, 2012 9:49:20 PM

maybe Toms is the ones that set it by the curb
April 6, 2012 10:07:01 PM

With that box, it very well may be an ES.... an engineering sample. Great find, especially since it works and has the box.
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April 6, 2012 10:45:16 PM

So what was in the socket of this was tapped in side or was just the empty box taped inside?

Thent
April 6, 2012 11:14:51 PM

thently said:
So what was in the socket of this was tapped in side or was just the empty box taped inside?

Thent


The box wasn't empty, it contained the cpu. It was hidden well between all the IDE cables, imagine a big case stuffed with old computer garbage.


I am pleasantly suprised about the senthausiasm here, guess im lucky!



chaosgs said:
I think Toms should buy it from you and run some tests..........:D 


That would be cool!


On a side note, how is the performance of this thing?
April 6, 2012 11:15:18 PM

thently said:
So what was in the socket of this was tapped in side or was just the empty box taped inside?

Thent


The box wasn't empty, it contained the cpu. It was hidden well between all the IDE cables, imagine a big case stuffed with old computer garbage.


I am pleasantly suprised about the enthausiasm here, guess im lucky!



chaosgs said:
I think Toms should buy it from you and run some tests..........:D 


That would be cool!


On a side note, how is the performance of this thing?
April 6, 2012 11:26:42 PM

Think you have found the Needle in a Haystack.

Toms should buy it, and compare it to other. Phenoms and see how it pans out.

piece of AMD history there.
April 6, 2012 11:27:21 PM

Think you have found the Needle in a Haystack.

Toms should buy it, and compare it to other. Phenoms and see how it pans out.

piece of AMD history there.
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April 6, 2012 11:39:15 PM

Cool, I didn't know there was so few produced and seen two or three over a few months on eBay.
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April 7, 2012 1:20:11 AM

geheugensteun said:
On a side note, how is the performance of this thing?


It's not to bad a chip, it's got 4 cores and you should be able to overclock it to crazy speeds. Though the chip is from '09 so it's fairly old.

As stated, i'd sell it. You can get a good amount of money out of it.
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