Cosmetically, the new PIIIs look a little different than previous PIIIs because they're sporting an Integrated Heat Spreader (IHS) a la the Pentium 4. For the terminology-weary among us, IHS is just a fancy name for "metal cap." The IHS covers the chip and, presumably, spreads heat.
There is a hole in the IHS, you may have noticed. An Intel rep once told me that hole is there to allow gas to escape as the newly-made chip cures. Either that's true, or he's been chuckling at my sadly mistaken notion of a farting chip. Whatever the case, the hole doesn't present any problems; if you get a little thermal paste down there, it's no big deal.
The new PIIIs fit into good ol' Socket 370 sockets, like so many PIIIs before them. However, because of clocking, voltage, and signal level differences, Intel doesn't recommend using these chips in older motherboards. Our test system included a B-step revision of Intel's 815 chipset, which is able to support the new PIIIs properly. Intel bills the motherboard, the catchily-named D815EEA2, as a universal Socket 370 platform, because it's able to accept anything from the oldest socketed Celerons to the newest Tualatin PIIIs.
|Nvidia admits, explains GeForce GTX 970 memory allocation issue||150|
|Here's my guest appearance on tonight's Alt+Tab Show||10|
|Watch John Romero talk about Doom level design||40|
|I'll be on Newegg TV's Alt+Tab show live at 3PM PT||15|
|Windows 10 build 9926 adds Cortana, Continuum, and more||40|
|Apacer exec sees 256GB SSDs falling below $70 this year||45|
|Deal of the week: IPS monitors with 4K and 1080p resolutions||11|
|Haswell CPU and Radeon graphics team up in ASRock's VisionX mini PC||14|
|Report: Google to launch its own cellular service||82|
|HA. AMD in the red and nVidia in the green. Thats funny cause you know... *cough* oh forget it.||+80|