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Thread: is this 2500 unlocked...

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2004


    hi i have doen extensive research on the 2500xp and realize the stepping to tell if it is locked or not...out of all the forums i have been to i can not find one that adresses this stepping:


    i would like to know if its worth my money to buy.
    if not is there a site someone could reccomend where i could purchase a 2500 UNLOCKED cpu?

    i have searched every where and cant yeild any positive reults. this chip from is the only one i can find made before week 35.

    can someone plz help

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  2. #2
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    Sep 2003


    0332 means it was made in week 32 of 2003. They didnt start locking them till week 39. It's unlocked.

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    This is the 3200+ OEM i've ordered. How can i tell whether its locked then?3200+
    bit upset now, didn't think about locked and unlocking. just my luck!!!
    i guesse i'll only be able to tell when it ships to my door!!
    overclockers if they do this to me and i'll order from a dealer who publishes release codes
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  4. #4
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    Nov 2001
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    Ya'll find out once ya read the sticker on it but buyin' an XP3200+ ya'll likely get little out of lowerin' the multiplier as they're already runnin' on a 200MHz FSB so just raisin' the FSB more should be enough. Make sure that ya usin' PC3500 with it though (or some very good PC3200).

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    I just got done buying a week 21 2800+ off of ebay, I got it for 10 dollars under newegg retail, so Im very happy. You can get unlocked 2500 bartons off ebay for 120 US dollars, but I didnt want to spend 30 dollars more and not get anything extra, so I got a 2800 for 130 US dollars, and its unlocked.
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  6. #6
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    Feb 2003


    Does it really matter wheter the chip is unlocked or not. Canīt you just OC it by raising the FSB? Like that you can get the chip (maybe) to 2300MHz and you also get the 200MHz FSB like those 3000+ and 3200+ Bartons! Thatīs how my friend worked it out. :)

    :cheers: :cheers:

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2003


    Quote Originally Posted by Tomi_s
    Does it really matter wheter the chip is unlocked or not. Canīt you just OC it by raising the FSB?
    Yes but you need to be able to find your max FSB, and then adjust the multi accordingly to put you at your max CPU speed for the overall fastest setup.

    You can't do this with a locked CPU, althought the 2500+ already uses an 11 multiplier which is good.

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  8. #8
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    Feb 2003


    But that FSB OC is a good back up plan to OC the locked 2500+, 2600+ and 2800+ Bartons. ;)


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