insane stuurde een link richting de PIII-550E review van GamePC. De PIII-550E blijkt dankzij de 100MHz bus en de lage energieopname een erg overklokkersvriendelijke CPU te zijn, die met de recente prijsdaling bovendien redelijk betaalbaar is geworden. Het exemplaar van GamePC liep stabiel op kloksnelheden tot 632MHz:
Using a standard BX motherboard (Abit BE6 II), we were able to run stable at 632 MHz using a 115 MHz front side bus speed. The processor would boot and run Windows all the way up to 682 MHz, but would fail to enter any benchmarking suites like 3DMark or start Quake III. Of course, this is just with our particular chip, which you can see the stepping codes below for. Many people have been able to reach above and beyond 733 MHz with these chips.
Many people are reading this information and whipping out their credit cards as we speak to find one of these chips online, but unfortunately, getting your hands on one of these chips may be tougher than it seems. Intel announced as of this Thursday (26th), that only the 550E chips (not any other chips in the FC-PGA lines will be delayed for at least a month while "design issues" have been worked out with the chip. As far as we can tell, the already shipped versions of the 550E are perfectly fine, although we can't be sure, since Intel didn't find the time to mention what these design flaws are. So if you can find a 550E chip on the market right now, you're in luck.