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We knew that Intel's Sandy Bridge-E chips were big and complicated to make, but what we didn't expect was that Intel was going to continuously keep running into problems. The current C1 stepping is apparently having problems with VT-d, not a major issue for most consumers' maybe, but it's a huge problem when it comes to Xeon chips and as such Intel is working on the C2 stepping to fix this "errata".

The only good news here for Intel, if you look at that way, is that its current Extreme Edition CPU's don't support VT-d, neither does the Sandy Bridge K-SKU CPU's, so as far as the consumer platform is concerned it looks like there won't be any further delays, but the initial batch should be C1 stepping rather than C2. The C1 stepping should be in production by now, or by the latest by next week, although we don't know when Intel will kick off production of the C2 stepping, but it's very possible it won't be until next year as qualification samples of the C2 stepping isn't expected until the very end of the year......
http://vr-zone.com/articles/sandy-br...ch/13677.html#
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Isn't something like this supposed to be implemented in the first place?
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Hmmm I might just go SandyBridge now, or shall I say it perhaps I'll get Bulldozer after all......
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Why Intel choose to keep VT-d and TXT out of K-series CPU we may never know.
Edited by trumpet-205 - 10/2/11 at 11:05pm
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Hmm, why couldn't this have been taken care of before launch?
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Hmm, why couldn't this have been taken care of before launch?
Because they want to get it out the door, probably.

If you want VT-d, wait for the Xeons.

Edit - Sort of related; my E8400 is a C0.
    
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