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Intel's Core 2 Is Fast, But Buggy

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Published on 30 June 2007 10:06 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel
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Over at Kernel Trap is an article on how Intel's Core 2 processor series has a number of serious bugs. Some of these Intel Core 2 bugs will even be exploitable by user-land code. While BIOS updates can address some of these problems, BIOS vendors are usually late in issuing these updates and Intel Corporation isn't so quick to help out Linux and the alternative operating systems.

OpenBSD's Theo de Raadt is even recommending users avoid the Intel Core 2 series until these bugs have been addressed, which will be at least a year. Intel's specification update file for the Intel Core 2 Duo and Intel Core 2 Extreme processors is currently 59 pages long with problems, implications, and workarounds (where available). While the Core 2 family is buggy, these CPUs do perform very nicely as we had shared in our Core 2 Duo E6400 review.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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