AMD Thunderbird serial number?
Brought to you by The CPU Scorecard - Benchmarks & News, Prices & Reviews
The CPU Scorecard Home PageCPU FAQ List Benchmarks Comparisons Odds 'n' Ends Other Scores Overclocking Processors Shopping Upgrades
[ The CPU Scorecard > Processors > AMD Thunderbird serial number? ] Previous Next

Latest CPU News
Compare CPU Speeds
Compare Computer Prices
Compare CPU Features

Intel CPU's
Transmeta CPU's

Ask the CPU Scorekeeper

Compare & Shop for
a NEW Computer
or Accessories
Buy or Sell
a USED Computer
or Accessories
Subscribe to our FREE newsletter for the latest CPU releases, reviews, and rankings!

Best multitasking CPU?
AMD Thunderbird serial number?
K6-2+ Not Just for Notebooks?
More Old CPU's?
CPU Temperature Limits?
AMD K6-2 400 vs Celeron 366?
Dual AMD CPU Support?
Athlon roadmap?
What about Dual Celerons?
Pentium-III vs K6-2?
Can I improve a K6-2 L2 cache?
Pentium-E? -B? -EB? What?
What is my CPU?
3D CPUs vs 3D graphics?
AMD K6 233 vs Cyrix MII 266?
K6-III FP performance?
Mac G3 450 score?
Is the AMD K6-2 3D?
Don't you like Intel processors?
Is a Celeron good enough?
Celeron vs Pentium?
AMD K6-2 vs Intel Celeron?
AMD K6 and Y2K?
Celeron vs P-II vs P-III?
Mobile P-II 333 vs Celeron 400?
What is L2 cache?


Dear CPU Scorekeeper

I was wondering if I can look for information on the AMD Thunderbird CPU serial number?

I just bought a T-bird 800 (Socket A). I checked the CPU before mounting the CPU fan. It was produced in 1999. Didn't the T-bird come out this year?

- - Tony, October 2000

See the questionCPU Scorekeeper Responds

AMD's Thunderbird did indeed only officially appear in June of this year. However, the chip or its Socket-A packaging may have actually been produced in late 1999.

Athlon chip markings consist of both a part number and a serial number directly beneath it. Here is an example from a Slot-A Athlon:

 Athlon serial number (courtesy Athlon.OC)

The year in which the processor was produced is indicated by the third and fourth digits in the serial number ('00' in the example, representing 2000). The week in the year it was produced is shown by the next two digits (here '13', the last week of March).

To decipher the part number and make sure you actually got the chip you paid for, see the following examples from AMD's technical documents.

For Socket-A Thunderbirds:

athlon_part.gif (8980 bytes)

And for Slot-A Athlons:

athlon_part.gif (9705 bytes)

Ask the CPU Scorekeeper


CPU Scorecard Quick Links
Compare CPU Speeds
Previous Next
The CPU Scorecard assumes no risk or liability for damage or loss due to the use of the information or advice provided here. All responses are based on the best available information at the time of writing. However, users of this information who wish to apply it to their computer situations do so at their own risk.
Top of page...CPU FAQ List Benchmarks Comparisons Odds 'n' Ends Other Scores Overclocking Processors Shopping Upgrades

We appreciate your feedback!

Copyright 1998-2003
MTekComputer Consulting Ltd
All rights reserved