You should not have purchased this processor. It does not matter if it is original or not. It is not for distribution or use.
Contact the seller for a refund.
You cannot use this processor.
Also, asking these questions AFTER you have purchased the processor is a bit silly.
Read the link I provided. It has all the answers you need.
The reason you give the seller is that he is not supposed to sell confidential or engineering samples. They are not meant to used by the consumer.
No, it cannot be fixed. Do not try any circular logic on how you can make this work.
Get rid of it. If you get a refund, great. If not, lesson learned.
The initial build of the processors regarding security issues sucked from the very beginning. Intel was forced to compromise them to 30% decrease in efficiency which is totally unacceptable!
It has been announced that no microcode update is required for e5-2699 v3 chips (the ES i purchased) so it is makes no sense regarding microcode update! Even if i had bought the retail edition, there would be still no microcode support and i suppose when one pays for 18 threads, he needs ALL the process power and (s)he CANNOT be compromised with 30% decrease (after the microcode update).
I paid a serious amount of Euros for something to work and not to be thrown to be recycled. And i do not understand what is the point behind producing something that it cannot be tested or even used.
John, you purchased a processor from a disreputable seller on an auction site. Plain and simple.
And, since you did not read the link I provided, I will paste a part of it here:
What is an engineering sample (ES) processor?
Engineering sample (ES) processors are also known as qualification sample processors. They are pre-production processors Intel loans to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), original device manufacturers (ODMs), and independent software vendors (ISVs) to be used in the product design cycle before product launch.
These processors often include more features than production processors for customer pre-production evaluation and test purposes. ES processors:
- Produced by Intel are the sole property of Intel.
- Produced by Intel are Intel Confidential.
- Are provided by Intel under nondisclosure and/or special loan agreement terms with restrictions on the recipient's handling and use.
- Are not for sale or resale.
- May not have passed commercial regulatory requirements.
- Are not covered under Intel warranty and are generally not supported by Intel.
You are trying to justify something that cannot be justified.
Let us get back to square one - you are not allowed to have this processor, your seller was not allowed to sell it, and you will get no where bringing up a microcode issue as you should never have had the processor in the first place. You lost your money.
This discussion is closed.