Silicon Fakes -- Counterfeit Processors
Looks Great, But Is It Healthy?

Crooks use a number of techniques to make cheaper CPUs appear more "well endowed" than the manufacturer originally intended.

With the PENTIUM II this involves

  • circumventing the on-chip overclocking prevention
  • then either replacing the plastic casing or "doctoring" the original casing to indicate the 300 product information.

Genuine Or Forged?

Acid Test

The Battle Against Remarked Processors
Inside Intel

The consumer is, in effect, overclocking a 233 or a 266 into a 300 with these fake chips. Intel claims that these chips can not function reliably at the increased speed. Also, the chip can sustain permanent damage.

Currently, the most common fraud is transforming a 233 or 266 PENTIUM II into a 300. Since true 300-MHz-processors always have ECC, while the overwhelming majority of 266's and 233's do not, software can test for fakes. The German PC magazine C'T has developed just such a program:

ctP2Info Dos Version (does not run under Windows or OS/2)
ctP2Info Windows-95/NT-Version

The C'T program CAN NOT detect a fraud that used a 233 or 266 WITH ECC as the "raw material!"