View Full Version : Thoughts on Engineering Sample Intel cpus

PC builder
02-06-2012, 04:38 PM
My friend recently purchased one off eBay, after googling about it i found out it was illegal. That aside do Engineering Sample Intel cpus run properly? I know they are 'beta editions' produced before retail CPUs.

Any thoughts are appreciated.

Also his CPU supports DDR3-1066/1333
But his motherboard Supports DDR3- 1600

What kinda ram should he get?

Thank You

02-06-2012, 05:57 PM
Ram, normally motherboards support more than just one type. What board is it specifically?

PC builder
02-06-2012, 06:02 PM
Intel DP67BG thanks

02-06-2012, 09:28 PM
Hope he's got the right socket. I'd have thought the engineering samples were mostly based on new / not released socket designs.

Might have lots of unlocked features for overclocking... if the right software can be found to tweak them.

02-06-2012, 09:43 PM
Apparently you can lose some of the performance monitoring features, temps etc depending on the revision of the cpu. Personally I'd only ever go after one if I knew it was new unreleased tech. But the chances of that are slim and there probably wont be any motherboard support for it. If it's old tech its kind of a stupid buy when the fully tested retail one is available.

04-06-2012, 01:40 AM
But having an engineering sample is cool...

I don't see why it wouldn't run OK. Might not run as fast, or can be overclocked as much as the retail version, but it should work.

04-06-2012, 02:17 AM
It might not run for the same reason beta software crashes. And yes I do see the novelty factor but I still wouldnt run one of these in my main pc.

04-06-2012, 09:39 AM
But his motherboard Supports DDR3- 1600

Actually it says: DDR3 memory 1600+/1333/1066MHz

PC builder
04-06-2012, 01:05 PM
Actually it says: DDR3 memory 1600+/1333/1066MHz
But the CPU supports 1333?

04-06-2012, 03:28 PM
He should get the type of ram that the motherboard supports.

PC builder
04-06-2012, 05:11 PM
Ohhh ok thanks