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[ZDNet] Intel to begin shipping updated Sandy Point chipsets Feb 14th

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On Monday (February 14th) Intel will begin shipping updated B3 stepping Cougar Point chipsets to fix the Sandy Bridge flaw announced a few weeks ago.

From Intel (PDF):

Intel is initiating an B2 to B3 stepping conversion for the Intel ® 6 Express Chipsets and Intel ® C200 Series Chipsets where products will undergo the following changes:
- New S-specs and MM numbers for the converting products
- Revision ID will change from 04h to 05h
- BIOS Update (Revision 1.1.4 of the BIOS Specification Update and Reference
Code)
- B3 stepping package is pin compatible with B2 stepping package
- Minor metal layer change from B2 to B3 improving lifetime wear out with no changes to functionality or design specifications

Most of the major OEMs have already outlined plans for dealing with the problem, but none of them can start handing out replacement parts until Intel had the parts available.
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Awesome, that was fast...
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guess we will find out on Monday if they make that date
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guess we will find out on Monday if they make that date
I have faith, you should too...
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Well, that's good news.
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Makes me wonder though if they were in such a hurry that they didn't do a proper job and perhaps more problems later. I wonder how much $$$ Intel lost...on TH they claimed 700m to fix the chipset but how many bought AMD instead of Intel over it etc.

I know the 1156 line is superior to AMDs current P2 line but when stuff like this happens people tend to look at the other players.
    
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Oh good, good good good. Hopefully the vendors will start selling the mobo by middle of March. Or one can hope <_>
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Makes me wonder though if they were in such a hurry that they didn't do a proper job and perhaps more problems later. I wonder how much $$$ Intel lost...on TH they claimed 700m to fix the chipset but how many bought AMD instead of Intel over it etc.
It's fixed, trust me I"m a dentist...

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I know the 1156 line is superior to AMDs current P2 line but when stuff like this happens people tend to look at the other players.
This may be why AMD is dropping all their old processors for AM3+ no?

I'll agree this may persuade some to go to AMD, but only the most uninformed, Sandy Bridge is WORTH WAITING FOR, truly...

The good news is, by the time SB finally is "Launched" (after the patch), Bulldozer will be just around the corner, and making me want to wait for specs... That's NOT good for Intel, who cares about what they loss to a bad chipset or whatever, the loss of NO SALES is pretty painful, for all enthusiast should be waiting to see what AMD brings to the table, to purchase a SB CPU without seeing what Bulldozer will offer would be a pretty huge mistake if Bulldozer is awesome.. (Makes sense to wait for Bulldozer now!)
Edited by _GTech - 2/12/11 at 8:44am
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It's fixed, trust me I"m a dentist...



This may be why AMD is dropping all their old processors for AM3+ no?

I'll agree this may persuade some to go to AMD, but only the most uninformed, Sandy Bridge is WORTH WAITING FOR, truly...

The good news is, by the time SB finally is "Launched" (after the patch), Bulldozer will be just around the corner, and making me want to wait for specs... That's NOT good for Intel, who cares about what they loss to a bad chipset or whatever, the loss of NO SALES, for all enthusiast should be waiting to see what AMD brings to the table, to discount them early would be a HUGE mistake...
True, I agree with you on this. I am curious how Bulldozer will do as well. I wish AMD would give us a spec so I don't have to wait a whole month and find out SB is better choice. I NEED TO KNOW NOW.
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True, I agree with you on this. I am curious how Bulldozer will do as well. I wish AMD would give us a spec so I don't have to wait a whole month and find out SB is better choice. I NEED TO KNOW NOW.
Put your pants back on mate, there will be plenty of time to save up and focus on planning your Bulldozer Build soon enough..

Just around tax season too, woot!

I'm contemplating an SLI Bulldozer Build seriously at this moment... (Very tantalizing!)

I cannot compute the benefit of compiling with 8 cores & 2 GPUs, whoosh! <<<< Compiling sizable code is super slow even on fast machines..

(Compiling large sums of code can often take an hour or more on a fast dual core and like 30-50 minutes on a good quad core..)
Edited by _GTech - 2/12/11 at 8:49am
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Put your pants back on mate, there will be plenty of time to save up and focus on planning your Bulldozer Build soon enough..

Just around tax season too, woot!

I'm contemplating an SLI Bulldozer Build seriously at this moment... (Very tantalizing!)

I cannot compute the benefit of compiling with 8 cores & 2 GPUs, whoosh! <<<< Compiling code is super slow even on fast machines..
Haha true, might as well wait and get which ever is better. I mean... I've been pushing the deadline for my new rig since like what... 2007? I am sure a month or two won't kill me!
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