Reply 20 of 55, by Sphere478
Well I started checking them out, cleaning them and straightening the pins, and I have bad news people. :,(
I’ve made a discovery about these cpus that is going to permanently put testing of them on hold.
When these were made they were made in a quite crappy way with a interposer, a shim and a IHS
The IHS is glued to the shim and the shim is glued to the interposer.
That is sketchy for sure but we all knew that.
What I didn’t know is that it seems like these IHS like to pop off very easily.
Again, not the end of the world.
What honestly shocked me was discovering that under that IHS are goldwires.
Yes, that is how they attached the film chip package to the interposer.
Meaning all these chips that were in computers all over the world owned by all these unqualified people had a high chance of the user at some point having to reapply glue and TIM around those gold wires
I tested several chips, including the 366 and all the 300s I was able to get some life (codes) out of some of the 300/366 chips. But no post screen. Some were just - -
I have a 233 that works. But was unable to find life in the 366 or the 300 chips.
At this point the gold wires need to be inspected under a microscope before I plug any of these in again.
It’s even worse than the fiasco with the super delicate film chip packages from intel/oems
So yeah, I think it is safe to say that these are nothing more than a very fascinating paper weight. I’m not going to be doing any further testing at this time 🙁
I’m sure probably half of them or more are working but it’s not worth the risk to the motherboard to find out at this point IMHO.
Not when genuine intel ppga chips are available. (Sl2z4 sl2z3)