Posted on Thursday, March 25 2004 @ 23:13:31 CET by LSDsmurf
It's honestly a tough call on the new Prescott core and Intel's new flagship CPU. On one hand you have just a couple core revisions for improved speed scaling and performance improvements when the 1MB L2 cache and the new SSE3 instruction set is used, but there are some definite drawbacks that have to be addressed in order for this CPU to become a popular and safe desktop CPU for the enthusiast or the everyday consumer.
For one, the heat generated by this little powerhouse is downright astonishing. At a full load temperature of 95 degrees Celsius using a copper heatsink and a powerful fan, my thoughts were starting to be directed to the fact that this CPU is ~5 degrees from the boiling point of water which is concerning if perhaps your CPU heatsink came off for some reason. All I have to say is I hope you have your shutdown temperature settings in your BIOS enabled, because if something goes wrong, this CPU will cook in seconds.