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Topic Title: How to test a AMD XP Barton for proper operation
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Created On: 06/01/2006 07:35 PM
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 06/01/2006 07:35 PM
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Hello !

I bought a second hand AMD XP-M 2500 today. It apeared to have a small physical damage on the corner of the processor core. (Think it is called kernel crushing ??)

My usual experience is that a processor with such a damage will be broken, and that it will not work any more.

This one actually seems to be working. I installed it in a Shuttle Cube and it looks like it is working.

Is there a program or something like that that will allow me to make a more proper test for proper operation ? (That all memory areas are intact, performance is ok, and so on.)

Is it adviceable to accept such a processor with a small physical damage in the corner of the processor kernel (The inner small square), if it is working and performes like normal ? (Could it degrade and stop working over time ?)

Best reg Arne.
 06/01/2006 09:10 PM
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Well like you said, usually this is bad news but a tiny chip may not cause a problem. You'd sure want to throw every benchmark at it that stresses the CPU and especially the L2 cache because if it's damaged the processor could appear to be all right until the full 512K is tested.

Guess it depends on what the price was and if you want to take a chance. You could post a picture here and have us take a look.

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