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The story with Intel's latest paper-released hype(r)-product is not at all over yet. You certainly remember the report , stating that my test sample was faulty and concluding that other samples might be faulty as well. In fact Kyle Bennett happened to offer me a historically new joint-venture with his publication [H]ard|OCP on this, since Kyle also received a seemingly flaky 1.13 GHz Pentium III sample from Intel last month. Kyle had sent his CPU back to Intel, who in return sent an engineer over to him to find out more about his problems. Before the engineer arrived at Kyle's lab in Texas, he asked Anand Lal Shimpi from AnandTech for his obviously working sample and me for my faulty part as well. Therefore Kyle and Intel's engineer Gary had the chance to see three different Pentium III 1.13 GHz samples in action. I also supplied a Linux installation to run the Linux kernel compilation benchmark that I recently included in our processor evaluation suite. This kernel compilation was never able to run on my faulty 1.13 GHz sample, while it ran fine with any other Intel CPU, including overclocked Pentium III 1 GHz and 933 MHz samples.
Let me first express my gratitude to Kyle Bennett, who organized the testing of all those three 1.13 GHz Pentium III processors and who also conducted all of the testing. Without Kyle's efforts we might never have had the chance of shedding some light into this dubious story with Intel's latest top-crutch processor.
It turned out that the kernel compilation failed on all three Pentium III 1.13 GHz samples in Kyle's lab, right in front of the eyes of Intel's engineer. My CPU happened to be the flakiest of the three, as it failed in other tests on different platforms as well.
I actually had to force a response out of Intel's PR-department, which initially seemed to prefer burying this issue rather than talking to me. These are the messages I received in a telephone conference with Howard High, George Alfs and Gary the engineer:
Please don't hesitate to make sure you get the full scoop of this joint venture between Kyle Bennett and me and go to http://www.hardocp.com now! Don't forget to come back though :)