Report: Asus and Gigabyte to get B3 6-series chipsets next week

Finally, some good news for motherboard makers. DigiTimes’ sources say that Intel has agreed to pay all expenses related to the production and shipping of replacement motherboards for those affected by the 6-series SATA bug. When it revealed chipset flaw a couple of weeks ago, Intel expected repair and replacement costs to total $700 million.

The more pressing question for folks looking to put together Sandy Bridge systems is when updated motherboards will be available. According to DigiTimes, Intel has already begun mass production of a new B3 chipset stepping that resolves the issue. A good number of those chips are likely reserved for big system vendors like Dell and HP, but a “small volume” is slated to start shipping to Asus and Gigabyte next week. Intel has quite a lot of catching up to do, and it looks like we’ll see updated boards come out in a trickle rather than a torrent.

Since motherboard makers will presumably cover replacements before they begin shipping product destined for store shelves, it may be quite some time before new boards are available for purchase. When combined with limited quantities, the pent-up demand for Sandy Bridge could drive up prices, at least until mobos with the B3 chipset are available in significant volume. That could be a while; Intel doesn’t expect to be ramped up to full speed on chipset production until the end of March or early April.

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    • Convert
    • 9 years ago

    I badly need a DP55KG for a client, I wish Intel could give me a time frame on when these would appear in the distribution channels again. I’m tempted to just buy a defective one and then RMA it.

    • msi-rajiv
    • 9 years ago

    Just a heads up for everyone:

    MSI is currently in the process of replacing the chipset on all current boards. North American users are still advised to register their boards at [url<]http://us.msi.com/snb_replacement.[/url<] We have added an advanced replacement option (cross-shipping) to limit downtime. Consumers will be able to identify the latest MSI P67/H67 mainboards equipped with the Intel B3 Stepping chipset with the sticker ‘MSI B3 Stepping Ready’. This provides a more confident way to purchase your next-generation P67/H67 mainboard and a clear way to differentiate the two versions. We'll make an announcement when they are ready to be shipped out and replace currently affected boards.

    • Kent_dieGo
    • 9 years ago

    So they are scrapping all the old boards? I would buy one for a discounted price. They could just include a plug in PCIe SATA controller.

      • NeelyCam
      • 9 years ago

      That’s what I was thinking. Well-informed techies might be perfectly happy to buy these otherwise unsellable boards at discounts, and use only the two 6Gbps SATA ports or get an additional controller.

      Dumping all these sounds like an environmental disaster… I though Intel was supposed to be all green and tree hugging etc?

      Maybe they just think that spending some pocket change is well worth it to protect the reputation of quality… having a couple of bad boards around would be bad publicity regardless.

      • cygnus1
      • 9 years ago

      I’m quite sure these boards will end up in el-cheapo no-name PCs after being refurbed. And by refurbed, i mean… having the 4 bad sata ports de-soldered.

      • yuhong
      • 9 years ago

      Well, it would be trivial to desolder the old chipset and solder the new chipset with the right tools.

        • Kent_dieGo
        • 9 years ago

        I think you would need a microscope and fairly expensive hot air solder system for a multilead chip like that,

    • swaaye
    • 9 years ago

    Well I bet there is a little pressure over at Intel to be able to sell CPUs again. 😀

      • wibeasley
      • 9 years ago

      I don’t remember projections, but I bet Sandy Bridge desktop chips were intended to be only a small portion of their total deliveries this quarter.

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