|Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2000 - 12:45 pm: |
At what speed do the P3's no longer have the chip id?
|Adam Emswiler (Abe)
|Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2000 - 1:40 pm: |
Well Mr. Witkins, this topic is a big pain with one of my co-workers (unfortunately, I don't think there is an exact cutoff speed). I really hate this conversation, but my co-worker is a pain in the a--.
According to ComputerWorld on 2/9/99 (yes I know it's old), Intel was to ship the PIII processor with the feature turned off, and only able to be turned on with a special utility. More information can be found at: http://www.computerworld.com/home/print.nsf/all/9902018DB6
Searching Intel's website, this statement was modified on 5/5/00: "The processor serial number, introduced to the IntelŪ architecture with the IntelŪ PentiumŪ III processor, is a key feature that software developers can use to strengthen their applications for the evolving world of Internet- and intranet-based computing." This article can be read at: http://developer.intel.com/software/idap/tools/swdev/overview.htm
The final say in this is: Intel is NOT planning on removing the serial number identification in the P3, but will not include this feature in the "next-generation of processors":
quoted here "Intel spokesman Howard High confirmed today that the company will not include serial numbers on the next generation of its processors, code-named Willamette, that will be released later this year. The identification numbers will continue to be used in the Pentium III." Read more from this article at: http://www.gamecenter.com/News/Item/0,3,0-4073,00.html?tag=st.cn.sr.gc.1
Although not much information about Intel's next generation processor, "Williamette" is out there, please see the following site for an overview of Intel's Processor roadmap: http://www.tomshardware.com/cpu/00q1/000228/ir-01.html
And for those of you that are extremely paranoid, Intel isn't the first manufacturer to install a "chip ID". More info: http://www.theregister.co.uk/991202-000009.html
If I were you, I'd relax, it's not as bad as it seems.....or is it??