Processor Help Pages
10.I've heard of 'remarked' chips. How
can I tell if mine is legitimate?
Unfortunately, with the enormous amount of money to be
made these days in the sale of processors, some unscrupulous
individuals have taken to remarking processors at higher than
their rated speeds and selling them as faster chips.
Remarking is usually done by changing the
exterior writing that indicates the processor speed. The end
user then unknowingly sets the chip to run at a speed higher
than the manufacturer intended.
There are some ways of telling whether your
processor is remarked or not, though there's really no way
to prove conclusively that the chip you have is genuine.
You can download the
Processor Frequency ID Utility on Intel's Site,
which was developed by Intel Corporation to enable consumers
the ability to identify and, in some circumstances, determine
if their Intel processor is operating at the correct and rated
frequency intended by Intel Corporation. Beginning with the
Pentium® processor, this utility provides consumers with
the ability to determine standard CPU identification of Intel
processors. In addition, supported processors can utilize
the Frequency Test feature of the utility to help determine
if a processor has been overclocked.
Version 3.5 of the Intel Processor Frequency
ID Utility has been updated to support the new Pentium®
4, Pentium III, Mobile Pentium III with Intel SpeedStep
technology, Pentium III Xeon and Intel Celeron
processors with 66, 100, and 133 MHz system memory bus products,
as well as adding new processor identification functionality