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  • Budget Apollo Lake CPUs degrading


    Original Tom's Hardware Article




    (This article is a couple of days old but no one's posted it on the forum) 




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    As detailed in a recent Product Change Notification (PCN) document, Intel is refreshing four of the company's Celeron and Pentium Apollo Lake processors due to degradation concerns. 






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    Apollo Lake might consist of paltry Celeron and Pentium models, but these chips are commonly found in many budget products, including desktops, laptops, 2-in-1s and AIO (All-In-One) PCs.






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    Intel identified an issue with the Low Pin Count (LPC), Real Time Clock (RTC), SD Card interfaces on Intel Celeron N3350, J3355, J3455 processors and Intel Pentium N4200 processor resulting in degradation of these signals at a rate higher than Intel's quality goals after multiple years in service.






    Although not outlined in this article, most Chromebook use N3350 and N4200. As someone in the laptop market its basically wiped them out as an option. 




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    Having identified the problems, Intel is proceeding to refresh the entire Apollo Lake lineup. Current Apollo Lake chips with the B1 stepping are moving over to the new F1 stepping.






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    To simplify the transition and avoid confusion between the new and old stepping, Intel adding the "E" suffix to the processor names. As a result, the processors with the F1 stepping will be marketed as Celeron J3455E, J3355E, N3350E and Pentium N4200E.






    It must be pretty bad if its justified for Intel to change stepping and release new chips for 3 year old CPUs. 




     




    The most ironic thing about this is how Intel is bashing AMD for supposedly having unreliable chips.




     




    Edit: Just an afterthought, but it seems fishy to announce a problem with budget CPUs after the Back to School shopping has ended. Perhaps its intentional, but at the moment it's just coincidental... 



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