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My Remarked Athlon - My Remarked Athlon
Sun Jun 25, 2000 | 7:58P| PermaLink
"About a month ago many articles on "Fake Athlons" hit the web. First off, this is the last time I will call the "Fake Athlons" because that name is very misrepresentive. They are genuine Athlons they have just been remarked. AMD beleives they have the situation undercontrol, but I am sure there are still some out there. I want to give some input on this because I had the misfortune of purchasing one of these. I bought a KA7 and Athlong 650 back at the end of April from I also purchased a K7OC golden fingers. First thing I was disapointed to see was that it had a .25 core. I had also noticed that the thermal past between the plate and cache and dripped down. I couldnt over clock it past 721Mhz, so I decided to remove the heat transfer plate. Inside I found a 600Mhz core. I contacted Krex direct, no one there seemed to suprised about what I told them, the Manager I spoke to told me he heard, that it is common for AMD to overclock their cores, when we all know just the opposite is true. A day later someone from AMD Coporate Investigations got back to me from an email I had left at an AMD adress I had found on there site. They said just send them the Athlon with my receipt and they would replace it, so I did, about 2 weeks later I had my new Athlon, .18 with a 650 core, I was hoping for a 700 or 750, but I was able to overclock it to 800Mhz. So anyways here is what you need to look for to make sure your Athlon has not been remarked. The top of the Athlon should be very shiny, if you have a light on it, and you are looking directly at the top, you should not beable to read the numbers off the top. My first one was a dull plastic, but I had no idea how the plastic was supposed to look, it looked real to me. The second way to check, is to look in through the bottom at the thermal paste on the cache, make sure it is properly intact."

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