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March 22, 2003 6:11:10 PM

Dear THGC

I just purchased a an AMD 2500 barton cpu, but the little black id tag on the cpu says a date of 1999. Did i get sold a thoroughbred rather then a barton? Is there a way to tell by the stepping code or something?

Also, on the die, which is a dark black color, a rectangular shiny silver surface is on top. Is this a sticker to protect the die surface from being scratched, or does that stay there? Or do I remove it and apply my arctic silver?

Thanks

Rob

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March 22, 2003 7:09:28 PM

Look at the chip itself. Then look <A HREF="http://www.anandtech.com/cpu/showdoc.html?i=1783&p=2" target="_new">here</A> and decide which it looks like more.

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March 22, 2003 7:14:36 PM

umheinto do i remove that silver thing on the top of the die or leaVE it on and apply my thermal paste over it?


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March 22, 2003 7:38:06 PM

You remove the cover and apply the paste directly onto the die.

The cover is there to absorb any impacts during shipping so the die is not fractured when it gets to you.

XP 2500+ Barton
A7N8X Dlx
2x512MB Corsair PC3200
ATI 9700 Pro
16x DVD-ROM
2x80GB 7200RPM Maxtor
Onboard audio
March 23, 2003 2:39:22 AM

1999 is refered as the Athlon start date. It's on every generation of Athlon dies, so no, you did not get screwed!
The Barton has a very long rectangular die.

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March 23, 2003 4:46:02 AM

Yes... you look... then you put paste on.. then you overclock... then you turn of your furnace and let your comp do the rest ;) 




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March 23, 2003 12:32:05 PM

1999 is the copyright information. The "real" date of fabrication are 4 number like: 0302 (stands for second week of 2003) or 0245 (45th week of 2002)...
In the ID tag the Barton has 4C intead of 3C of T-Breds and Palominos.
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