Tachyon stuurde een interessante link naar Overclockers.com, waar men schrijft dat de nieuwe FC-PGA PIII's en Celerons mogelijk gevoeliger zijn voor overclocking dan vorige Intel processors. Overclockers.com kreeg diverse rapporten over plotseling doodvallende FC-PGA CPU's:
When I went about deconstructing the PIII in Part I, little did I realize that perhaps there is more story here than we thought. Anectdotal evidence is mounting which suggests that the FCPGA is more delicate than previous Intel CPUs; Is Intel's FCPGA yield problem an indication of this problem?
[...] A number of folks who have written to us about FCPGA failures also stated that Intel appears to blame slotkets (among just about everything else) for these failures. Now I will state again that I can not tell you if this is in fact an endemic problem - I can tell you that this is the first time since Overclockers.com started that we are receiving reports of CPU failures. Dan Edgar, one of our editors, has had two failures and is not doing anything extreme.
Based on the emails below, I believe the problem is due to thermal and mechanical stresses which aggravate micro-fractures in the silicon leading to failure. Intel is replacing these CPUs (as they should) with little hesitation. Is this a large problem? Only time will tell if FCPGAs are time bombs waiting to go off.
Het is nog wat te voorbarig om hier conclusies aan te verbinden, maar vreemd is het wel.