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#1 Open Minded

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 17:25

http://www.reddit.co...r_at_intel_ama/

For us as architects, we have a team dedicated to putting in overclocking features into the designs and tests in place to cherry pick those parts to box and sell as such. So you are getting parts on the good side of the normal when you buy K CPUs.


Well worth the read if you're interested in hardware.


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Posted 27 December 2012 - 17:44

Yeah I found that part interesting too, so if you have a K series you have a cherry picked better than average CPU

Good to know

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 18:35

Outstanding! Thanks for posting that.
Surprised no-one asked about intel removing sockets :p

EDIT: Oh no wait someone did;
'This rumor is likely misinterpreting facts or based on really incomplete information. Many of the variants will be BGA packages for certain form factors but not all. In my mind, if you lose customers by offering less choice, we did not save anything. But I'm not in sales or marketing.'

Edited by n_K, 27 December 2012 - 18:38.


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Posted 27 December 2012 - 18:38

very interesting stuff. thanks!

Outstanding! Thanks for posting that.
Surprised no-one asked about intel removing sockets :p

someone did at the bottom. the guy said that the rumors are untrue.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 18:43

Fantastic read for the geek in me. Thanks :)

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 19:18

Good read he says AMD is 6 months behind them since losing their fabrication plants.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 19:21

interesting

If there was any realistic thing you could change about your job, what would you change?
We need faster computers to build faster computers.

What is the hardest part of your job?
Making our ideas reality. You can have the greatest idea in the world, but the physical world does not like to cooperate.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 19:24

Yeah I found that part interesting too, so if you have a K series you have a cherry picked better than average CPU

Good to know


Yes I'm sure the Intel engineers hand pick them and seal them in the box with a kiss like the Keebler Elves.. lol what a load of bull.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 20:34

You guys are welcome! :)

Yes I'm sure the Intel engineers hand pick them and seal them in the box with a kiss like the Keebler Elves.. lol what a load of bull.


I believe him. Remember the Core 2 days, when you could buy a 45 watt quad core? Those were hand picked to handle the lower wattage at a lower clock speed.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 20:53

This isn't new. I7, I5, I3 are all the same CPU (xeon might be in there also). They go for the best and if it fails they see how much can be disabled from testing to make it a lower grade that meets X specs. If it can fit into one of the categories then it will become it. That's why I'll never buy a low end cpu. I don't want a defective cpu in some form (cache, cores, etc).

Same goes with Video Cards.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 20:58

Very good Talk! Enjoyed reading it.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 21:11

Yes I'm sure the Intel engineers hand pick them and seal them in the box with a kiss like the Keebler Elves.. lol what a load of bull.

Not hand picked like that no, go look at the intel confidential probe cards on ebay and various forums for testing CPU dies.
They test them, and those that work better will get the 'k' mark.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 21:29

Good read he says AMD is 6 months behind them since losing their fabrication plants.

6 months is putting it mildly. I would say a year or two personally.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 22:12

This isn't new. I7, I5, I3 are all the same CPU (xeon might be in there also). They go for the best and if it fails they see how much can be disabled from testing to make it a lower grade that meets X specs. If it can fit into one of the categories then it will become it. That's why I'll never buy a low end cpu. I don't want a defective cpu in some form (cache, cores, etc).

Same goes with Video Cards.

That might have been true in days of the original celeron and pentium but I doubt that is true now.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 22:53

That might have been true in days of the original celeron and pentium but I doubt that is true now.

Why wouldn't it still be true? It's a fantastic business model to be able to use/sell stuff like that.