Shipments of certain Sandy Bridge systems resume

Sandy Bridge chipsets are shipping out again. While you’re unlikely to see bug-free motherboards in stores for another few weeks (or months), Intel says it has resumed shipments of 6-series chipsets "for use only in PC system configurations that are not impacted by the design issue."

Intel’s announcement doesn’t delve into detail, but we can figure this one out. As we learned last week—and as I’ve now pointed out in news posts entirely too many times—the Sandy Bridge SATA bug doesn’t affect the two 6Gbps ports driven by 6-series chipsets. It follows that small-form-factor desktops and especially notebooks with room for only a couple of storage devices can continue to ship unhindered.

On a related note, Intel says it has kicked off manufacturing of bug-free chipsets and it "now expects to begin shipping the new parts in mid February." That’s a little sooner than the initially announced "late February" time frame. The chipmaker doesn’t say whether the new schedule means "full volume recovery" will follow before the April time frame it quoted last week, though.

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    • Joachim21
    • 9 years ago

    At least IvyBridge will be compatible with H67/P67/Z67 thanks to this failure! We’ve learnt that the more failure they do, the more compatibe Intel CPU generations will became! :))

      • NeelyCam
      • 9 years ago

      Warning! Broken cause-effect link error. Please reboot.

    • jdaven
    • 9 years ago

    You know, I was thinking about this chipset recall and how it effects CPU availability as well. And then I got to thinking about the Nvidia-Intel chipset debacle.

    This is a major reason why I think there should be more than one supplier of chipsets for a CPU. It just pisses me off that Intel did this to Nvidia. Sure AMD is the only supplier of its chipsets but that is not because they are blocking it. No one wants to deal with the low volume. But Intel forced everyone out of its chipset business by just saying no. It wasn’t a technical hurdle or a legal hurdle. They just said no.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      The same issue would still remain: not enough volume to introduce mainstream parts.

      • YeuEmMaiMai
      • 9 years ago

      Nvidia did it to themselves by producing crappy chipsets…..features mean jack didly squat if your system is unstable (nforce, you remember that, right?)

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    Some great prices here guys: metro 2033 for 10$!!!
    [url<]http://store.thq.com/store/thq/list/pc-games/categoryID.39206600[/url<] you're welcome.

      • Trymor
      • 9 years ago

      Damn, we have to wait for 22 years till we get our game that we spent $10 on a pre-order?

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        I know man. it sucks. that’s the development cycle these days. see starcraft 2, aka starcraft 3d, with stupid units, or DNF

    • Firestarter
    • 9 years ago

    I don’t see why OEMs and bargain hunters shouldn’t be able to buy the boards with faulty chips. It sure as hell beats re-soldering the chips and throwing the old ones out IMHO.

      • indeego
      • 9 years ago

      There would have to be a huge frikkin sign that says your chipset performance will possibly fail/degrade on every shipment, and I don’t think that’s a notice they exactly want to instill confidence in their products. 99% of people will have no idea what this notice even means, or even know what a chipset is or a SATA port is.

      They are doing this the right way.

      [i<]"It sure as hell beats re-soldering the chips and throwing the old ones out IMHO."[/i<] The number of boards affected is a drop in the bucket compared to what is going into landfills right now.

        • willmore
        • 9 years ago

        Slip microsoft a few million and have them flash up a little notice saying, “Hey, dude, you know this is a B1 stepping chipset, right? There may be flaws in it that won’t be immediately obvious, so you might want to talk to your system vender ASAP.” if it detects ports 2-5 being used on a B1 stepping chipset.

          • indeego
          • 9 years ago

          [url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0EIN/is_1994_Dec_20/ai_15939945/<]And get this nice PR hit happening anyway[/url<]

            • Trymor
            • 9 years ago

            Something is wrong. Companies can be crushed over-night do to PR. Let great products speak for themselves? Will that even be possible ever again?

        • Firestarter
        • 9 years ago

        I don’t see how that is an issue if you just glue those faulty ports shut and sell it as having only 2 SATA 600 ports.

      • UberGerbil
      • 9 years ago

      Actually, OEMs (especially in what is often called the “less-developed” parts of it) probably [i<]will[/i<] be able to get those boards, including the ones everyone here is sending back, also "for use only in PC system configurations that are not impacted by the design issue." Whether the problematic SATA ports will be physically plugged/disabled/removed to ensure that, or not, is a separate question.

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 9 years ago

        In other words, Apple has ordered Foxconn to dig through everyone’s trash.

    • cygnus1
    • 9 years ago

    Good. Hopefully that means I can buy a wicked Sandy Bridge laptop when my bonus pays out in a couple weeks.

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