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Windows 7: Intel Skylake bug causes PCs to freeze during complex workloads

11 Jan 2016   #1

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
Intel Skylake bug causes PCs to freeze during complex workloads

Intel has confirmed that its Skylake processors suffer from a bug that can cause a system to freeze when performing complex workloads. Discovered by mathematicians at the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS), the bug occurs when using the GIMPS Prime95 application to find Mersenne primes.

Update: We've been informed that the bug was reportedly discovered and tested by the the community at before being passed onto GIMPS, which conducted further testing. Both groups passed their findings onto Intel.

"Intel has identified an issue that potentially affects the 6th Gen Intel Core family of products. This issue only occurs under certain complex workload conditions, like those that may be encountered when running applications like Prime95. In those cases, the processor may hang or cause unpredictable system behaviour."

Intel has developed a fix, and is working with hardware partners to distribute it via a BIOS update.

No reason has been given as to why the bug occurs, but it's confirmed to affect both Linux and Windows-based systems. Prime95, which has historically been used to benchmark and stress-test computers, uses Fast Fourier Transforms to multiply extremely large numbers. A particular exponent size, 14,942,209, has been found to cause the system crashes...

Read more: Intel Skylake bug causes PCs to freeze during complex workloads | Ars Technica

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15 Jan 2016   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium

Ha, knew it was a good bet to wait for the next CPUs.
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15 Jan 2016   #3

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Yea quad core alone is pretty anticlimactic :/
Unless Intel comes out with a 6 or 8 core I'd just assume stay with x99 boards and get another rather than z170's.
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15 Jan 2016   #4

Windows 10 x64

Yeah, I couldn't possibly use that processor.
I'm all day raising numbers to the 14,942,209 power.
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17 Jan 2016   #5

1. Windows 7 Home Premium sp1 - 64bit 2. Windows 7 Pro sp1 - 64bit

Intel better get busy fixing Skylake

For current PC owners, the detail to note is that Intel's current, sixth generation processors, known as Skylake, are the first that won't support either of the older versions of Windows. (Intel and Microsoft say that the platform and Windows 10 were designed for each other.) Microsoft is phasing in the policy now.
Full Story: Microsoft says new processors will only work with Windows 10 | The Verge
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17 Jan 2016   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

No issues here
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19 Jan 2016   #7

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

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 Intel Skylake bug causes PCs to freeze during complex workloads

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