Costa Rica or Malaysia?
Which is better suited to O/C?
Theres no point in getting a Malaysia if you have to pay more for it. I have a costa rica that runs email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com without any problems whatsoever. It really annoys me to see people say "oh malay is so much better" when in fact its just a matter of luck. I know of several people who cant get malay's to run 450, and I know several people who have CR's running it flawless. Each individual chip is different, no "plant name" will guarentee anything. Just get a Costa Rica OEM, lot cheaper, does the same thing.
How do u tell the difference between a Malay and Costa Rica chip? What else should I look for to increase my chances of getting an overclockable 300a? Thanks.
Look at the back of the CPU. The words "Costa Rica" or "Malaysia" will be printed near the edge .
Look for the cloverleaf looking symbol also, I have heard that that is a better indication of overclockability.
Well here is my .02. All intel chips are manafactured in the US BUT they are assembled in the other 2 places. The overclock ability of the chip kind of depends on where the wafer was cut from the silicon disk that was grown. the most pure is the silicon toward the center of the disk. and these will be better chips. It must also be noted that the slot 1 celrons are not being made anymore (according to Intel) The OEM chips are now being packaged by Intel and are selling them as boxed or retail version. This may be taken I think that there was no difference in the chips to begin with.
I got results opposite of Wee my retail celeron 300a malay COMPEQ runs 450hz with 2.0 volts....my OEM costa rica "cloverleaf" runs at 450 but needs 2.2 volts just to boot in win 95 but runs final reality OK but feels a little slow when running apps....I am considering trying it at 2.3volts for stability as a last resort..Anandtech.com
has a celery report 4 & 5 that may help.
In my experience and in my mind, there is absolutely a difference in overclockability between Malay chips and Costa chips.
The Malays make it to 450 in far higher percentages, and far fewer require a voltage increase. They also, on average, run 6 to 8 degrees cooler than the Costas.
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