Not all bugs dead in Intel RAID?
Kyle Bennett at the cold, [H]ard|OCP has picked up
on a rumor that Intel's ICH6R southbridge may be subject to a recall.
NewEgg is pulling certain boards based
on the 915 and 925 chipsets that use ICH6R, and two industry sources
have informed the [H] that "something" is going on, but would
not elaborate. Mr. Bennett has not personally observed the problem, but
is in contact with Intel and other sources. He will reveal more
information as it becomes available.
Update: Kyle has unearthed the cause of the problem, which is
not the RAID controller itself, but the process used to make the ICH6RW
southbridge. Unresolved problems in the fabrication of ICH6RW are
leading to current leakage, which can prematurely drain the CMOS
battery. Without battery backup, the BIOS will fall back to default
settings that will not enable the RAID to boot. The [H] believes that some
100,000 boards are affected and being pulled from the channel. Intel
has not yet made an official statement.