There were several myths that have surrounded this CPU. The first one was that the serial number would be such a violation of privacy that we would have all our steps monitored, kind of like in George Orwell's 1984. Although spammers will be delighted with the new serial ID, and although it CAN indeed be used for evil purposes, I seriously doubt that our privacy, at least in that sense, is endangered. Another myth regarding the Pentium III is that if we turn off this feature using Intel's own software utility, we're safe. Anyone who is slightly familiar with assembly knows that it's as easy to read the Pentium III's serial number, as it is to turn it on again. Instead of issuing one assembly command, all that needs to be done by a programmer is issue two commands, one to turn the ID on again, and another one to read it.
The Pentium III was also rumored to be totally clock-locked. This however doesn't seem to be true, because we were able to overclock it without a problem (except for that annoying multiplier-lock that has been present since the release of the Pentium II 450Mhz and the 128Kb Celeron series). Our Pentium III sample doesn't seem to be an engineering one, it's only one of those early retail units. Unless there are changes to the second batch of Pentium III's, I seriously doubt that there will be clock-locking. In fact, I was told by an electronic engineer that clock-locking a CPU is very difficult, and expensive, and that Intel would never actually do it.
The last rumor regarding the Pentium III is due to Intel's heavy marketing campaign. Like I previously stated, the Pentium III is not faster than the Pentium II, or the 128Kb Celeron, unless when using the SSE instructions.
Toch geen frequency lock?? Dat weten we denk ik pas zeker als die dingen in de winkel liggen.