Door al dat Pentium III 600 geweld was ik deze bijna vergeten, AnandTech heeft echter nu ook zijn review van de snelste desktop Intel processor van dit moment online staan. Check deze uitgebreide review, volgestampt met benchmarks, hier.
As we have come to expect and take for granted (most tweakers feel cheated if their Intel CPUs won't overclock), Intel's high yield on their 0.25 micron parts has given us the ability to overclock to a healthy degree in order to gain a helpful bit of performance free of charge. It was once thought that 550MHz would be the theoretical limit of Intel's 0.25 micron manufacturing process, however the delays in Intel's Camino (820) chipset and the move to a 0.18 micron fabrication process as well as increasing heat from AMD to push the 600MHz limit has forced Intel to release the 600MHz part based on their 0.25 micron core. AnandTech's Pentium III 600 sample was able to make it up to 660MHz by using the 112MHz FSB frequency, anything above 660MHz was either too unstable (even with an increase in the core voltage) for normal operation or would not boot at all.
For the fastest desktop Intel processor available today, the overclocking outlook of the Pentium III 600 is not that great. With a bit of added cooling it may be able to hit the 700MHz mark as we were able to get the system to cold boot at 700MHz however the test bed would hang after a very short period of time, often times not making it past the Power On Self Test. As Intel's yields improve on the Pentium III 600, reaching the 700MHz mark will become more dependent on the quality of the L2 cache and the ability of it to run at 1/2 of 700MHz, or 350MHz.