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Remarked processors are becoming a widespread occurence and if you own a Pentium II the following information will be very important to you.
Q: What's a remarked chip?
A: If you've been reading the reports in the overclocking community lately, then you are aware that Intel's use of the same cores up and down the line of Pentium II's (meaning essentially that a PII300 SL2W8 is the same inside as a PII 450) This means that it is possible to buy a PII300 and overclock it to 450.Check the Overclocking FAQ on this page for more info.Some dishonest people actually remark the 300's as 450's and sell them to unsupecting customers at what seems to be a great price.
Q: Could I have a remarked chip?
A: Yes, first of all, you should ALWAYS check the casing of a new PII, and look to see if the serial numbers and logos appeared to be altered.
Q: Could it look ok and still be remarked?
A: Yes, remarkers can change the exterior of a PII without leaving man easy-to-see abnormalities.
Q: Any other way to visually check my PII if I suspect that it has been remarked?
A: Yes although it's risky, and a lot more difficult. You can open the casing of your PII and look for things soldered to the motherboard. Instructions on how to open the casing of your Pentium II can be found here. An example of a remarked chip can be found here, that shows that even the experienced can't always tell a fake PII from a real one. It also has some nice pics of an opened PII with "something" soldered to the PCB.
Q: How else can I check my processor?
A: There is a program available called CTP2INFO. This test checks the speed of your processor and attemts to verify that it is running at the correct speed. It was designed by the German computer magazine C't.
Q: Where can I get CTP2INFO?
A: Well you can get it from the MaximumPC CD or you can download it here.
Q: How do I use CTP2INFO?
A: Well, on the MaximumPC CD, just hit the icon and you're off, if you downloaded it, just unzip it, then run the program. It will automatically run and tell you what you've got.
Q: What wil it say if my processor is remarked?
A: If you look at the picture above, you'll see where it lists default bus speeds, system speeds, and some other info. Basically, if you are running a PII300, and it does not detect ECC in the L2 cache, you have a remarked processor and need to contact Intel immediately. If you are running a 350-450 mhz processor on a 100mhz FSB, and CTP2INFO reports that your default is 66.7 mhz, then you also , likely have a remarked processor and should contact Intel.