Intels 850 chipset for P4 has BUGS

Czar

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From IXBT Labs



<< Intel 850 Got Bugs! [7:10 pm] Rat
We have already reported about the delay of Intel Pentium 4 CPU. Now we can explain what happened. According to tecChannel, it turned out that Intel 850 (Tehama) chipset, which was intended to support this CPU had a bug in it! It hasn?t been yet announced what kind of bug that is, however, if the system crashes in case of high graphics subsystem workload, then it is exactly Tehama, which is to blame.
So, it is one more blow for the reputation of chipsets supporting RDRAM. Of course, the chipset and the processor will be anyway launched according to their schedule, namely in Q4, but we really doubt if anyone would be happy to deal with a chipset, which bugs were hurriedly corrected just a month or two before the launching date?
All in all, the chipsets with RDRAM support seem to be a misfortune for Intel. First was i820, now ? i850. Isn?t that enough for now?
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SJ

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Actually it turns out the minor bug only effects &quot;one&quot; graphics card, and supposedly its already fixed. Sure the Register is refered to as a tabloid, but 85% of the time their info is 99% accurate.
 

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<< The bug with the 850 Tehama chipset blamed for the P4 slippage is fairly minor and reportedly only affects one, unnamed, video card. Intel has already identified the cause and fixed the problem, and, according to one Register source, the 850 is 'already more stable than the 810, 820 and 840 chipsets combined'. >>



Link to Register Article

Personally, I think the Reg is a sleezy tabloid, but I have to admit they are rather funny and that they are usually correct.