Intel admits Skylakes can ... ... ... freeze in the middle of work

Yeah... pretty sure I am not going to have this issue.

Intel has confirmed it's pushing out a BIOS fix for a bug that can freeze its Skylake processors.

The good news is that the bug's triggered by complex workloads. It was turned up by prime number experts the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS), who use Intel machines to identify and test new large prime numbers.

A few weeks ago, this post popped up on an Intel community forum. The poster said the bug “can freeze any system that has a Skylake processor”.

Since the bug has been reproduced on Windows and Linux systems, and on different motherboards, that post posited that it had to be down to the Intel processor.

In the case of the GIMPS, the freeze was observed on the Prime95 application. Prime95 uses Fast Fourier Transforms to multiply extremely large numbers, and a particular exponent size (14,942,209) leads to the crash after “minutes or hours”. 

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