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