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Destroyed: Pentium III 450
Manufacturer: Intel
Product Type: Processor
Price: $150
Author: Kyle Maulden       Date: September 20th 1999
Page: 1

Well, it just so happened I got completely bored today, and decided to do something destructive. I got the idea for this from a quick article I read over at HardOCP, where some reader ripped apart a TNT2 chip and sent in some pics of it. Well.... I know this may not be too interesting, but I decided that I'd rip apart an old Pentium III 450 chip that I fried a while ago. Yes, I would have gotten it replaced, but Intel wouldn't replace it since it was an OEM chip, and it had been over the 30 day warranty that was provided from the store I bought it at.... which I must add really pissed me off! It's not my fault they sold my a faulty piece of silicon, is it? :)

Let me tell you. Ripping apart a Pentium III isn't exactly an easy task! It involved a Pentium III chip (duh), a sharp knife, a pair of pliers, and three Band-Aids. (sharp knife, Band-Aids? Piece it together) So anyways, there's not much to say about ripping apart the Pentium III, so I'll just shove the pictures I took up on the page for you to ooh and aah over.

I started off by ripping off this outer covering to the Pentium III chip itself... don't ask me what it's called!

This isn't as easy as it looks!

Next I tore off the hard stuff (good name eh?) surrounding the core of the processor.

I tried and tried and tried and... well.... tried to get the core itself removed from the main processor unit so that I could play around with it, but after 10 minutes of digging and prying with my knife and pliers I still couldn't remove it. Don't despair! There's always a solution. You know what they say, if you can't do it peacefully, use BRUTE FORCE! The above picture is the result of multiple times of pounding on the processor core with the point of my knife. I guess this is... umm.... educational? pfft... yeah right!

Gee, what's that there, do you have TWO PIII processors sitting out? Nope, not at all. :) That's just the PIII 450 broken in half after it ticked me off because the core wouldn't come off. I thought that if perhaps I broke the chip in half right smack in the middle, maybe the core would pop off. Boy was I wrong... especially since I happened to break it a lil off the center!!

Here's a little update to the article. After prying a bit more after originally posting this article, I finally popped off the core of the processor itself. Not much to see really. I tried breaking it in half by setting the blade of my knife on top of it, then hitting down hard with the butt of a screw driver. Well, right before my eyes the entire core disappeared! I searched around frantically, and I only came up with one half of it. So I presume the other half is gone for good until I clean up my mess of a room scattered with computer parts! :)

Well, that concludes my "educational" experience of destroying... err... I mean dissasembling a Pentium III processor to see what runs that little sucker. Those few pieces of metal and other assorted "stuff" sure don't seem like they're worth many hundred dollars, do they? Well... ask Intel. From what I've heard it costs them about $15 - $20 to produce a single CPU. Guess that makes them a bit greedy sellin them for $150 and up eh? (just kiddin Intel!)

Disclaimer: I would not recommend that you try doing this at home to a working processor. I seriously doubt it would work after you've taken it apart like I did. I do not accept any responsibility to what you may attempt to do with a working processor.


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Destroyed: Pentium III 450

Added:  Monday, September 20, 1999
Reviewer:  Kyle Maulden


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