Not long after Kyle posted the results came the news: Intel is recalling the 1.13GHz Pentium IIIs. Tom's update on the subject asks, aptly, why Intel didn't investigate the issue sooner, with more thoroughness, when the review samples initially proved troublesome.
All of this trouble shows just how ragged Intel is running in its attempts to keep up with AMD in the MHz race. The relatively new Athlon core takes well to higher clock frequencies. But in CPU terms, the P6 core is seriously oldStrom Thurmond oldand making it run at speeds of 1GHz and more is no mean feat. Looks like they pushed a little too hard on this one. Intel's saying the fix will require redesigning some circuits, and it could be a couple months before new 1.13GHz PIIIs hit the street. By then, the Athlon should be at 1.2GHz or higher.