Funny, i thought stepping was refering to the week/month the CPU was produced. AMD uses a series of letters and numbers to denote when the chip was made.
If a particular "stepping" of the chip overclocks well, everyone starts running out looking for it. Essentially, a good batch of overclockable CPUs = a good stepping.
But then again, im retarded - so i may be way off here. ANyone else wanna throw in their 2 cents?
Benchmarks are like sex, everybody loves doing it, everybody thinks they are good at it.
A stepping is a revision, but it also contains week/ship data.
Intel introduced a new Pentium 4 stepping, C1. Unaware of what a processor stepping is? Think of the updated stepping of the processor core as a newer version. Much like a game developer releases a newer version of their latest game with all the latest bug fixes and performance enhancements, CPU manufacturers AMD and Intel release newer processor steppings every now and then.