Yes, good point.
However I am worried about the ability of the VT6X4 BIOS to use the latest PIII steppings which is all I'll be able to buy at this point.
The BIOS only lists CPU's up to 800Mhz, I'd like to use a 1Gig CPU so this is a bit of unknown territory for the BIOS.
If I miss-match BIOS support and steppings I can see one of three things happening...
1) BIOS rejects CPU as unsupported.
2) BIOS runs firmware patches instead of real hardware which is fixed in the current stepping, this would introduce a slight (un-noticable?) performance hit.
3) BIOS fails to run new firmware patches for this stepping leading to processing errors and erratic stability.
I don't know the likelihood of any of these options.