Intel Skylake Bug Freezes Systems in Complex Tasks, But There’s a Fix!
Some days ago, an Intel Skylake bug was discovered that reportedly froze the systems while performing certain complex tasks.
The bug in question was not divulged by Intel itself but a group of mathematicians at the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) named the Mersenne Community. Now, however, Intel itself has confirmed the existence of the bug, further revealing that it came into action while using processes like Prime95.
While using Prime95, the group noticed that the said Intel Skylake bug would freeze the systems although the software ran smooth on every other processor. In light of all this, Intel issued a statement:
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.
Naturally, it was pretty disturbing since the software has been running on countless other processors and only failed to do so with Intel’s latest.
However, thankfully Intel has been hard at work on taking care of the problem and a fix has already been sent out to hardware partners who will be rolling it out through BIOS updates.
The only problem faced by people whose systems might suffer from the bug now or in the future is how soon the vendors roll out the update – given that this bug isn’t as notorious as the Pentium FDIV bug from two decades ago that the company wasn’t able to shake so easily.