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After this hefty accusation I faced a lot of criticism. I received a respectable number of emails stating that I was obviously biased against Intel, that I was deliberately trying to wreck havoc and that I was clearly unable to test this new processor properly.
Sander Sassen , an official 'web leader ' (whatever this is) sent me this nice piece:
I must say you've made a total joke out of yourself with your latest 'update.' Quite frankly, I have had no problem whatsoever with the 1.13 GHz Pentium III and I'm using the exact same motherboards (Asus, Via and i820 chipset as well as the old P2B) as I presume you're using. If you cannot refrain from posting erroneous and obviously biased reviews or updates or whatever you like to call 'em, then at least make sure your lab is correctly setup and all benchmarking and system assembly operations are performed by a person capable of doing so. If I had a faulty CPU I would check back with the manufacturer in the first place and have it replaced BEFORE telling the world of your 'mishaps' or posting any benchmarks. You're mis-informing your audience as well as making your own testing procedures as well as your ethics a joke!
From my point of view (just finished the 10th redundant SYSMark 2000 run on a i440BX):
There is NOTHING wrong with Intel's new Pentium III 1.13 GHz processor.
Do you really need all of this 'bashing' and controversy to be able to reach those 20 million hits you're so openly bragging about, if I were you I'd rather have half that and still have my journalistic integrity.
Hope you take this to hart this time, as you really should!
Do I need to comment on this?