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Intel Identifies Sandy Bridge Chipset Design Error, All Shipments Stopped

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As part of ongoing quality assurance, Intel Corporation has discovered a design issue in a recently released support chip, the Intel 6 Series, code-named Cougar Point, and has implemented a silicon fix. In some cases, the Serial-ATA (SATA) ports within the chipsets may degrade over time, potentially impacting the performance or functionality of SATA-linked devices such as hard disk drives and DVD-drives. The chipset is utilized in PCs with Intel's latest Second Generation Intel Core processors, code-named Sandy Bridge. Intel has stopped shipment of the affected support chip from its factories. Intel has corrected the design issue, and has begun manufacturing a new version of the support chip which will resolve the issue. The Sandy Bridge microprocessor is unaffected and no other products are affected by this issue.

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Thanks to DonInKansas for the tip.
 
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Holy sh@% that sucks.
 
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All I know is there is a lot of E-peen hurting right now.
 
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See what over-confidence can do :shadedshu
 
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That is really normal, it is Intel after all :D
 

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i feel sorry for people who bought it. :eek:
It isn't so bad, Intel is accepting RMAs on the affected processors. This is why I never buy the first revision of a processor release. Though to be fair, this isn't an issue with the processor, it is a problem with the integrated chipset.

That is really normal, it is Intel after all :D
It isn't like AMD hasn't had some pretty big issues with their silicon...TLB anyone?:slap:
 
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Upgrading from an i7 setup to a sandy bridge now won't get you a huge performance boost such as waiting for the i7 sandys. Then that will be for the highend epeeners :laugh:
But seriously, it's going to be great to see how it competes with Zambezi.
 
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It would explain the odd issue I get to where my system doesn't immediately recognize my second hard drive. Intel's partners need to get on the ball about RMAs for affected boards.
 
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So is H67 and P67 affected?
 
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Is this all of the 6 series chip sets? as in everyone who bought them is effected?

Bad news for Intel but I'm sure a $700,000,000 hit won't be too bad for them in the long run.

:eek: The share price
 
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It isn't so bad, Intel is accepting RMAs on the affected processors. This is why I never buy the first revision of a processor release. Though to be fair, this isn't an issue with the processor, it is a problem with the integrated chipset.
Which is even worse, because the chipset is soldered to the motherboard. This will require you to send the board back to the manufacturer for repair/replacement.

Intel has stopped shipment of the defective chipset, but what about those boards already on the shelves? Are they being recalled? Is there any way for end-users to identify if they have the defective chipset on their board?
 
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Is this all of the 6 series chip sets? as in everyone who bought them is effected?

Bad news for Intel but I'm sure a $700,000,000 hit won't be too bad for them in the long run.

:eek: The share price
http://www.zdnet.co.uk/i/z5/illo/nw/story_graphics/11jan/intel-share-price-google-finance.jpg
It didn't even drop a dollar, lot less than what happened to Apple when Steve Jobs took time off a few weeks ago.

This doesn't seem to be the biggest problem they have had.

Also in before every AMD troll claims victory
 
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It didn't even drop a dollar, lot less than what happened to Apple when Steve Jobs took time off a few weeks ago.

This doesn't seem to be the biggest problem they have had.

Also in before every AMD troll claims victory
:laugh: come on, the stock market is so stupid, a sudden drop of like 25 cents is shocking and the end of the world :roll:
 
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It still hasn't been confirmed as to which chipsets are affected, it may not be all chipsets.
 
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It didn't even drop a dollar, lot less than what happened to Apple when Steve Jobs took time off a few weeks ago.

This doesn't seem to be the biggest problem they have had.

Also in before every AMD troll claims victory
I agree. Keep the trolling down and leave it to the professionals. This is bad news for a lot of our tech brothers.
 
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As it's the chip set is this bad news for the board makers?
 

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As it's the chip set is this bad news for the board makers?
Yes/No. It may affect future purchases, so may have a negative impact on overall P67 board sales, but as this is Intel's problem; it'll be up to them to deal with the OEMs.
 
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I agree. Keep the trolling down and leave it to the professionals.
We can't all be as pro as you, MailMan......:roll:

Just a blip on the radar. This will only really matter in the longrun to Intel hatin' AMD fanboys and the extreme enthusiasts who push their stuff hard enough that this becomes an issue.
 

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As one of the early adopters of Sandy Bridge, I'm not so bothered myself because

Its a chipset problem, not a problem that affects the Processor directly. Motherboards weren't that expensive (I got mine for 150 bucks). yes, 150 isn't cheap if your motherboard dies in a month, but in a video conference with Anandtech, an Intel rep said that Intel believes these errors (regarding the SATA bus) will take 3 years or more to surface for end-users (take it with a pinch of salt), and will affect only about 15% of the customers (also, a pinch of salt).
Early adopters rarely are the ones who stick with a system for 3 years, and 3 years down the line, if my motherboard dies, I wouldn't mind shelling out some more money for a motherboard (God knows how much they'll sell for at that point).
Also, from what I've gathered, these errors do not affect the SATA ports on the Marvell controller, or the SATA 6GBps ports (again, 3 years down the line, chances are we'll all have moved on to them)

Any issues you read about people burning their chips/socket etc etc are almost certainly unrelated and an ID10T error caused by pushing far too much voltage to a 32nm chip.
 
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We can't all be as pro as you, MailMan......:roll:

Just a blip on the radar. This will only really matter in the longrun to Intel hatin' AMD fanboys and the extreme enthusiasts who push their stuff hard enough that this becomes an issue.
Ya see its simple. For every fanboy comment that is made against Intel karma notes. AMD will have something equal or worse happen to them in return. E-peen destruction everywhere. The world of peen will end as we know it.