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Short Take: Intel updates processor tampering utility

Intel released a new version of its "processor frequency ID utility," a downloadable application that helps detect "remarking." Remarking occurs when a third party disguises an older, slower chip and sells it as a newer, faster, and more expensive processor. The utility will determine the identity of the processor family (i.e. whether it is actually a Pentium II or Pentium III) and, in the case of Pentium IIIs, determine what the original speed of the processor was.

Intel released a new version of its "processor frequency ID utility," a downloadable application that helps detect "remarking." Remarking occurs when a third party disguises an older, slower chip and sells it as a newer, faster, and more expensive processor. The utility will determine the identity of the processor family (i.e. whether it is actually a Pentium II or Pentium III) and, in the case of Pentium IIIs, determine what the original speed of the processor was.