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I looked around and I'm not sure if this has been posted yet:

Intel's fixed chipsets to ship as early as next week

A week after Intel announced a design flaw in a support chipset used in its second-generation Intel Core processor, widely known as Sandy Bridge, the company said today that it would resume shipments for use in PCs that are not impacted by the flaw.

Meanwhile, the company said it expects to begin shipping a new version of the chip in mid-February, which could presumably be as early as next week. The company said last week that chipsets with Serial-ATA ports could degrade over time and hurt the performance of hard drives and DVD drives.

The support chip just started shipping on Jan. 9 so the company seems to have corrected the problem before it was widespread. It said that the incident will not changed the company’s first quarter or full-year financial outlook.

Source: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/intels...ext-week/44562

UPDATE: According to Intel's press:
http://newsroom.intel.com/community/...8152-c1-264281

They will start shipping chipsets for pre-configured systems that are un-affected by the issue, meaning pre-built systems that won't be using the affected SATA ports.
Edited by 2010rig - 2/7/11 at 5:34pm
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post #2 of 42
This is good news indeed. I was thinking of building soon and was contemplating between SB & BD. Hopefully they didn't rush and leave the possibility for someother problem.
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god I sure hope this is true!! I just sold my motherboard and am out my desktop until the fixed sandy bridge chips are back. I can't wait till April relying only on my laptop...
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Was the flaw something that could have been detected on a software level? Some basic program to test the integrity of the chipset? I'm sure it exists, and you know, many people probably turned in GOOD boards for nothing you know.

Did anyone ask that question?
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they couldnt take that long , piles of people waiting for the sb's back ..
    
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i hope this is true, im dying to build another SB rig
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Awesome.
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i hope this is true, im dying to build another SB rig
lol I'm dying to build my first one. I'm still rockin the q6600
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uh, anyone think about this is only the shipment of the chips... so now the companies have to make motherboards. Hence most companies said April is when the boards will be available.
    
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It would be great news for sure, we'll see though, early reports stated that it couldn't be fixed by software since it was a single transistor that was causing the issue.

That would be a very quick fix though.

Maybe they found a way to find the good boards vs bad?

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uh, anyone think about this is only the shipment of the chips... so now the companies have to make motherboards. Hence most companies said April is when the boards will be available.
The article specifically states fixed chipsets.

And if they're going to be shipping a new version of the chip, mobo's would need to be available.
Edited by 2010rig - 2/7/11 at 4:43pm
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