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Dont know if it has already been posted but here is a very good read on this whole issue by Anandtech
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4142/i...-begins-recall

Apparently, the 2 SATA 6Gbps ports are fine while the 4 SATA 3Gbps ports are the faulty ones
post #142 of 449
This is why i don't pay out the nose for spanking new hardware.

My thanks goes out to those who do though, you pay (in more ways than one) for intel to discover these problems
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Just saw it!, very nice.

I might as well pick up a EVGA P67 board as soon as they become available.
Since I just ordered my board tuesday should I get a refund and just wait for an EVGA board to be released or stick the course and RMA when it is time... I just hate to wait forever in an RMA process AND have to pay to ship a board to them
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EVGA is so happy now, they have not released a single Sandy Bridge motherboard. Uuhhmm,
I've been waiting to adopt until EVGA came out with a board and have been looking for any news as to why they haven't released anything yet. I could speculate at a lot, but I still can help but wonder if they knew something. I mean, according to reuters "It was the result of a series of stress tests conducted on the chipset. It didn't show up under normal testing". I wonder too what sort of stress testing they were doing that would have caused a consistent failure..?
post #145 of 449
More news from TechReport:

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The problem that's caused Intel to initiate a billion-dollar chipset recall affects the SATA ports on all 6-series chipsets, including the H67 and P67 chipsets most prominently used in consumer products. All of these chipsets are collectively referred to as "Cougar Point" inside of Intel. Because there are no third-party chipsets compatible with Sandy Bridge processors, all Sandy Bridge-based systems are potentially affected, including desktops, laptops, and BYOPC motherboards.

The issue is a circuit design problem resulting in a gradual degradation over time of SATA connectivity on the affected ports, manifesting itself as high bit-error rates on those ports and eventually as total device disconnects.

That's a serious issue, but it's limited in scope. Intel says storage devices connected to those ports should not be damaged, and data on the devices should be intact and readable on another system.

The ports potentially affected, interestingly enough, are the four 3Gbps SATA ports on the chipset. The two 6Gbps SATA ports aren't at risk.

As you may know, Intel pours millions of dollars into validation testing for product like these, and its partners at major PC makers do the same. This problem apparently wasn't detected early on because of its nature, involving a slow degradation of SATA connectivity over time. Intel estimates that something like 5% of systems could develop problems over a three-year life span, assuming typical laptop usage patterns. Beyond that time window, the failure rate might rise further. For systems with heavier usage patterns, the failure rate during that initial three-year window could be as high as roughly 15%. That's obviously high enough to warrant the drastic action Intel is taking.

The first evidence of the problem cropped up during extended testing by PC makers, after the chipsets had passed the initial validation stages within Intel and within the OEMs. Intel says it learned of the problem last week; understanding and characterizing the problem then took a few days. That analysis concluded last night, and the company put shipments of its chipsets on hold this morning. From what we can gather, Intel partners were only very recently notified of the problem, too.
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The SATA 3Gbps ports are affected, but the SATA 6Gbps ports are not.
Edited by Riou - 1/31/11 at 10:11am
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Frankly I suspected failure for the Sandy-Bridge processor from the beginning.
Who in their right mind would build a bridge out of sand (lol)?
i had to lol.
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This is very bad news for all Sandy Bridge owners. Going trough the hassle of rma'ing their brand new boards. Wonder if running on overclocked settings would speed up the degradation of the sb in any way.
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This is very bad news for all Sandy Bridge owners. Going trough the hassle of rma'ing their brand new boards. Wonder if running on overclocked settings would speed up the degradation of the sb in any way.
Not sure, but it would certainly be in everyone's best interest to create a system image immediately just in case!
    
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This is very bad news for all Sandy Bridge owners. Going trough the hassle of rma'ing their brand new boards. Wonder if running on overclocked settings would speed up the degradation of the sb in any way.
It says that running more voltage will affect the issue more
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This is why i don't pay out the nose for spanking new hardware.

My thanks goes out to those who do though, you pay (in more ways than one) for intel to discover these problems
JUST what i was going to say. Glad that i just stayed with my Gulftown build or else i would have been pissed when i got home rdy to build a lemon with Sandybridge.

I saw THIS LINK and i sh** bricks. SELL SELL SELL!!!

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