GamePC heeft een review gemaakt van de Pentium III Coppermine 866EB FC-PGA. Deze CPU is van de nieuwe cB0 stepping wat betekend dat ie ondersteuning heeft voor SMP en dat je hem misschien wat verder kan overclocken dan een 'oude' P3 :
Ok, I know what you're thinking, another Pentium III Coppermine flip-chip review. Yawn. I feel your pain. After all, this is about the twentieth Coppermine processor that's come across my desk for review, and frankly, there's not much more to say about these chips. Thankfully, Intel has finally added something new to the FC-PGA form factor for us to talk about, a new core stepping. nto 1100 or 1200 MHz. The cB0 stepping could be the helping hand Intel needs to keep the Coppermine family alive and going on the ultra-fast CPU product cycle until the Williamette chips show their faces in a few months.
The 866EB chip is the fastest flip-chip processor we've reviewed as of yet, and is currently the fastest shipping Pentium III from Intel right now. Of course, that will change in a few weeks time with the full-fledged shipping of the 933EB and 1000EB chips, but for now it's top dog. The 866EB, as the name implies, runs off a 133 MHz front side bus, meaning it's got a 6.5x multiplier backing it up. We've proven that 133 MHz FSB processors do give better overall performance that their 100 MHz bus brethren (i.e an 866 chip at 133 FSB will outperform a 900 MHz chip at 100 FSB). Add into the mix that now we've got VIA's Apollo Pro 133A platform (we don't consider I820 a viable chipset) to run these processors on, 133 FSB is getting more and more popular.
[...] On our VIA testbed, we were easily able to clock the chip up to 150 MHz FSB, finalizing a clock speed of 975 MHz. We didn't notice any stability problems or heat issues at that speed, so naturally we wanted to see if it could go further. No no, it seems 150 MHz FSB is the fastest our testbed motherboard could go. We wouldn't be at all surprised if the chip can go beyond 1 GHz without problems by going above 155 MHz FSB, which many newer VIA (and even some BX) motherboards support.