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Way to check my Opty 165 stepping?

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I am constantly hearing things about the CCBBE stepping Opterons and their overclocking potential. When I purchased my Opteron I didnt know about the differences in stepping so I never checked it. So my question is, would checking this require me to remove the HSF and check the actual CPU die (or is it dye?)?

 

I also have the original box at home if the info is printed there.

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You have to remove the HSF, the stepping is the second line under AMD Opteron, and the date code and location follow the stepping code.

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Sometimes cpu-z will give some good info too, but if you can't find what you're looking for there, then the only thing left is to remove the HSF and do a good 'ol fashioned physical inspection. Also, check out this story on overclocking an opteron 165 with plenty of pictures of where on the cpu the stepping is. :)

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Sometimes cpu-z will give some good info too, but if you can't find what you're looking for there, then the only thing left is to remove the HSF and do a good 'ol fashioned physical inspection. Also, check out this story on overclocking an opteron 165 with plenty of prety pictures. :)

 

CPUz will not tell you the stepping of your chip... contrary to popular belief elsewhere, E6 is not the stepping even though CPUz says it is the stepping.

 

The only way to get the stepping is to remove the heatsink.

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CPUz will not tell you the stepping of your chip... contrary to popular belief elsewhere, E6 is not the stepping even though CPUz says it is the stepping.

 

The only way to get the stepping is to remove the heatsink.

 

Indeed, CPUz is not a complete answer, so removing the HSF is inevitable if you can't find the info you want from CPUz.

 

Also, bighairycamel, I'm sure this is not what you meant, but it might be important to note that the stepping is actually on the IHS, not the CPU dye, so don't remove your IHS looking for the stepping!

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I was hoping that wouldn't be the answer, but kind of figured it would be. I am really curious now with all the hype surrounding CCBBE stepping, so I'll keep my fingers crossed that I was lucky enough to get one.

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well if you have ccbbe stepping or not, your cpu will still overclock the same :D ..but if you take off your HSF than get some AS5 - so it wont be for nothing ;)

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well if you have ccbbe stepping or not, your cpu will still overclock the same :D ..but if you take of your HSF than get some AS5 - so it wont be for nothing ;)

 

I thought all the hype surrounding CCBBE stepping was because it was more stable on air, allowing greater overclocks... if not I am curious as to the "superiority".

 

And I always have a tube of AS5 laying around!:)

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I thought all the hype surrounding CCBBE stepping was because it was more stable on air, allowing greater overclocks... if not I am curious as to the "superiority".

 

And I always have a tube of AS5 laying around!:)

 

CCBBE's and CCB1E's typically have better memory controllers than their lowly sucky brother CCBWE (:)). However, they are more prone to be cold-bugged..

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With a CCBBE stepping, you're pretty much guarenteed 2.8GHz. Heck, I got my Opty 165 CCBBE 0617 to run 2.8GHz on a Asus board with some PC4800 ram.

 

The "hype" as you call it, is not hype, it's justified. 2.8GHz from processors that usually start out at 1.8GHz (Opty 165s) is ridiculous compared to most AMDs that give you 400MHz-600MHz OC tops.

 

Right now, I'm very glad I decided to go the high end route and get an Opty 185 cuz I got a CCBBE 0613 from Newegg and it's Orthosing at 3GHz right now and has been for 7 hours ;) 1 hour to go to OCDB stable, 5 hours to go til I get home.

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I have a CCBE(will edit later with exact stepping), and am running prime stable @ 3.35GHZ on my opty165, and am having now problems.

Also, the letters after the numbers (ie. ccbe 0617 DDE(guess)) is actually the memory controller, therefore very important with overclocking, and what clocks it can handle stable.

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