Sharky heeft de vierde aflevering van z'n Private Eye column gepost, met o.a. speculaties over de Microsoft X-Box. Volgens Sharky gaat die console mogelijk gebouwd worden op een K6-III of K6-2+, vanwege de lage prijs van deze CPU'tjes (hoe wil Bill anders een prijs van $300 haalbaar maken?):
Here's a 'shocker' for you- we've been told that it's not only been the Athlon that they've been looking at but also the K6-3 450-500MHz range of CPUs. The other CPU of interest at AMD seems to be the imminent K6-2+ 500MHz, running with a 100Mhz front side bus and manufactured on a .18micron process. This CPU, which will harbor 128K L2 cache on-die will hit the market in Q1 of 2000. Is it any surprise that Microsoft is looking at a K6-2/3 as well as an Athlon? Not really, we're dealing with a 'Console' (remember that), which if successful, will require a huge supply of cheap (can't emphasize that enough) CPUs. The k6-2+ 500MHz will fit the bill nicely being cheap whilst at the same time providing enough FPU power if used correctly with 3D architecture. Neither the Athlon nor Coppermine are particularly cheap and would rocket the price sky high and out of the console market and instead into the PC-Arena. Ask yourself this question, does the Dreamcast suffer from a Hitachi-SH4 'limited' to a frequency of 200MHz? Does it hecků So don't be too worried when scouring over an X-Box spec sheet only to find a K6-2/3.