Reply 44 of 51, by gerwin
I'm nearly tempted to purchase a cheap 400Mhz PII model with a DA0 or DA1 stepping just to test the theory I had earlier about only new steppings being locked. One of the reasons I wanted to get a 350Mhz is because the lvl2 cache chips are rated at 5ns instead of 5.5ns, and they're connected directly to the heatsink, rather than an air gap like with the 333Mhz model. It probably makes no difference, as you got yours to run fine at 400Mhz anyways, Gerwin, but I was thinking maybe there was a chance to get it to run at 450Mhz (same speed as my Celeron 300A). Then I wouldn't have to swap out CPUs if I wanted to play a really resource demanding game.
To summarize, we have these Deschutes Core Pentium II's (no celeron):
The P-II 333/66MHz and 350/100MHz, with 5.5 ns L2 cache.
The P-II 400/100MHz, with faster 5.0 ns L2 cache with a slower timing and heatsink connection.
The L2 cache is in the form of external chips which run at half the CPU speed.
The above three can potentially be found multiplier limited, at least when produced before week 34 1998, but maybe even afterwards. When multiplier limited they accept a multiplier of 2.0x and 2.5x, but disable the L2 cache at these settings. They run properly at multiplier 3.0x and up, until a certain limit which depends on the CPU type and the FSB speed. These CPU's are not too good for overclocking because their external L2 cache chips become the bottleneck.
I did not mean to imply you're reckless with your personal data; just seems odd in this day and age to be sharing bank account information with total strangers over the internet. I mean, isn't that what Paypal's for afterall
No problem. I was more worried that I had to give paypal a full authorization to write off money from my bank account, some time ago 😜. Bank transfers are still very common for the more local internet trading here.