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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