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A year ago From The Register No 74, 25 April 1998 A German magazine has released a piece of software which detects whether PII/266 microprocessors are remarked as 300MHz units. Andreas Stiller, technical editor of c’t magazine, told The Register he believed that the scam is rife in Germany and in other geographies. According to Stiller: "At the moment, the chip forgers concentrate on the Pentium II with 266 MHz. They deliver it as 300-MHz-version either remarked or with a counterfeit casing. The possible increase in value per processor is about 300 Deutschmarks. With the test program "ctP2Info", a user is able to determine by himself whether his computer is equipped with an overclocked Pentium II." The program ctP2info is downloadable from here and, so far, only detects the re-clocking for 266/300MHz. The magazine claims that the problem is underplayed by chip giant Intel, which delivers the line that counterfeit chips are isolated instances of fraud. But there are large-scale frauds happening. See the story in this issue, and also our breaking story earlier. c’t has made the program available in both German and English language versions at its site. ®

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