D1 or M0 stepping?

Hi again.
Okay I have decided to get 3.2c. But when i checked at the intel website, it shows only 3.0c has MO stepping. 3.2c has max D1 stepping. Could you pls tell me which i should go for? And can you recommend me a good cooler?
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sSpec Number
SL6WG
Processor Frequency
3.20 GHz CPUID String
0F29h
Package Type
478 pin PPGA FC-PGA2
Bus Speed
800 MHz Thermal Guideline
82.0W
Core Stepping
D1 Thermal Spec
70°C
L2 Cache Size
512 KB Manufacturing Technology
0.13 micron
L2 Cache Speed
3.20 GHz Bus/Core Ratio
16
Spec Update
http://developer.intel.com/design/Pentium4/documentation.htm
Product Order Codes

Box Order Code
BX80532PG3200D
OEM Order Code
RK80532PG088512

The other thing is how do I buy the right processor. I do not suppose that all this information is going to be labeled on the processor. And if i buy the box version, what is the information to look out for? And how is FC-PGA2 different from the normal version?

I tried searching at intel, but after 30 mins I had so many pages opened and lost myself in that. :(

So i'm here to get it simple and straight.

Thanks guys.

PS. Kozaki you could try this link http://www.videopro.com.sg/category.php?cat=CPU&cur_page=1
the price 3.2c is sgd375 about US235. :)







<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by dinoshan on 03/07/05 09:38 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
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  1. Only some of the 3.2 Prescotts have MO stepping. The chip you want is the 3.0C - SL7BK. That and a Zalman 7000 Al/Cu will get you where you want to go. Unfortunately, unless you get lucky the "MO" CPU's are hard to find. Good luck.

    Abit IS7 - 3.0C @ 3.6ghz - Mushkin PC4000 (2 X 512) - Sapphire 9800Pro - TT 420 watt Pure Power
    Samsung 120gb ATA-100 - Maxtor 40gb ATA - 100
    Sony DRU-510A - Yellowtail Merlot
  2. So that means 3.0C MO stepping is better than 3.2C D1 ?
    I have a pc3200 kingston ram at cls 3. Would it affect the overclocking?
    Also could you tell me how to read the markings on the processor?
    Your help is much appreciated.

    <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by dinoshan on 03/08/05 09:03 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
  3. Truth be known, yes, I would rather have a MO 3.0 than a D1 3.2. It doesn't mean that the D1's are bad, hell I'm running one, it just means that MO is the best stepping for the 2.8 - 3.0C range CPU. You will find those markings on the heatshield and the retail box. You could even look for a 2.8C like <A HREF="http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=80143&item=6750215011&rd=1" target="_new">this.</A> No, that Cas 3 Kingston will not overclock your Northwood sufficiently. I wouldn't settle for anything less than DDR-500 speeds.

    Abit IS7 - 3.0C @ 3.6ghz - Mushkin PC4000 (2 X 512) - Sapphire 9800Pro - TT 420 watt Pure Power
    Samsung 120gb ATA-100 - Maxtor 40gb ATA - 100
    Sony DRU-510A - Yellowtail Merlot
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