i seriously love how people never read the news properly
somehow sata2 port will degrade over time turned into: **** SANDY BRIDGE IS GONNA BLOW UP IN 2 days, and it only effect 99% of us. MUST RETURN FAULTY PRODUCT INTEL NEVER AGAIN.
AMD FAN BOYS: AHAHA intel sucks
seriously people? is it that hard to read like 10 lines of sentence and figure out *** is going on?
I think some people are over-reacting a bit... If you read a lot of the articles you'll see that it's a statistical issue and only a small percentage of the boards will even experience a problem. This isn't a reason to assume that all your SATA devices will be useless...
1) This only affects the four SATA2 ports, not any of the SATA3 ports. If you have an ASUS P8P67 for example then you still have 4 SATA3 ports that are totally unaffected and you can plug SATA2 devices into them since they're backwards compatible. Most people don't even have more than 4 SATA devices to connect so they won't even be affected.
2) Even if you do have more than 4 SATA devices to connect, your SATA2 ports aren't automatically broken now... most people won't see the problem at all, especially not any time soon. This is because only a portion of boards will eventually develop a problem and that number is expected to be 5-15%.
3) Those that experience the problem will see it come gradually over a long period of time where you device will begin to have slower transfer rates and eventually it will just stop showing up as a drive. The drive itself is still 100% undamaged, it's just the communication on the board that is affected and may degrade. For the vast majority of users, the time when the user will experience a noticeable drop in performance is likely much longer than the time it will take for a free recall or replacement to be available. The problem likely won't be noticeable for months or even years for most affected people. There will be a few unlucky people that have problems soon or even have already experienced some problems, but that's a very small percentage, which means it's unlikely to be you.
4) This is Intel's fault, but so far it seems they're handling it well and being completely honest about the situation. Some AMD fans see this news and go "AHA! Intel sucks! AMD will rise to the top!!!" etc... but is it really that big of a deal? The Sandy Bridge CPUs are still amazing and by far the best choice at the moment, this only affects one month of Sandy Bridge motherboards already purchased, and will bottleneck the sales of new ones for maybe another month, but in 3 months everything will be back to normal.
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