Intel reports Pentium 4 teething problems

Intel's latest chip architecture, the Pentium 4, has some minor problems with video performance, according to the company, but, they say, it is nothing to worry about.

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By  Mark Sutton Published  December 28, 2000

Intel's latest chip architecture, the Pentium 4, has some minor problems with video performance, according to the company, but, they say, it is nothing to worry about.

Just as Intel’s new Pentium 4 chip becomes available in the Middle East, so the first problems with the new architecture are reported. An errata with the Pentium 4 chipset can effect video performance under some circumstances, although, luckily for Intel, these circumstances are limited.

The problem relates to the slowdown of data if it is processed through a PCI bus on the Pentium 4 chipset, which could cause problems for users trying to attach additional monitors or graphics cards to Pentium 4 computers through a PCI expansion slot.

Two-monitor systems are fairly uncommon, but are deployed by stock traders and graphics professionals. Generally the Advanced Graphics Port (AGP) is used to attach monitors, although most PCs only have one AGP compared to four PCI slots.

The problem was discovered before the release of the chipset, and delayed the launch until last month. Intel has provided OEMs with workarounds, mainly replacing the graphics subsystem on the P4 board, but has yet to ship a new version of the board to overcome the problem.

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