If you bought a PC over the holidays chances are it came with Intel’s newest processor. That chip also comes with an obscure bug – that, fortunately, doesn’t appear to impact the average consumer.
Intel’s newest chip – branded as the 6th Generation Intel Core processor and codenamed “Skylake” – is its first redesigned chip in about two years. A few weeks ago, various online forums, including a post on an Intel community forum, began discussing a bug that can “freeze” any computer with certain versions of the new chip under certain conditions.
The bug was promptly reproduced on a variety of systems running both Windows and Linux. Then an organization called GIMPS, or Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search, saw the bug when running its Prime95 application. Suffice to say, Prime95 is an obscure math application that has been used to benchmark and test computers but doesn’t appear to affect the average user. More →