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Can someone sum up this whole sandy bridge mess for me?

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I understand that Sandy Bridge had a recall. And my luck it goes on recall when I decide to build my first computer. Was getting an i5 2500k. (i havent bought it yet, only planned to get it) Well I have seen floating around in the news and talk about this recall, and now im to the point of confusion.

I am to understand that they are sending out "flawed" sandy bridge processors starting next week. (http://www.overclock.net/hardware-ne...wed-sandy.html) WHY? are they sending out the defective ones again? Whats this talk about OEM versions?

Im just a noob to all this and hope somone can kindly sum all this confusion up for me, I guess these issues are going far TOO technical for me.
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It wasn't a problem with the Processor's at all. It was a problem with the chipset. That's why all the MOBOs were pulled. Intel had to make a change in the chipset design to correct that SATA2 ports from offering diminished return over time.

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As Senator said, it's a chipset problem.
The flawed chips are resuming shipment to big OEMs (computer makers) whose designs don't use the ports with the problem. They aren't for sale to the rest of us.
Consumer motherboards have been withdrawn from sale, and will come back to the market with fixed chips in a month or two. As you don't have it right now, then don't panic, get your upgrade when it's back in the shops and all will be well.
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So If its the chipset on the motherboard? Then why are the processors itself stripped from being purchased? Suppose it kind of make sense then it doesnt
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So If its the chipset on the motherboard? Then why are the processors itself stripped from being purchased? Suppose it kind of make sense then it doesnt
My guess would be that sales of a processor that you can't buy a board for would drop very significantly. That, or to bump up demand for when they return.
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I wouldn't worry about it man. Intel is set to reimburse all the mobo makers at the end of this month. Coincidentally (or not lol) that's when you'll begin to see mobo's with a corrected chipset (ie northbridge and southbridge) back on the shelves. Save up a few hundred more bucks and treat yourself to a Asus Maximus or something when they reappear.
    
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post #7 of 9
1. Plug HDD into SATAII port
2. Wait 3 years
3. Post results
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SATA 3.0 Gbps ports have a higher failure rate than Intel is comfortable selling on the market within the warranty period, so they recalled the chipset/motherboard. SATA 6.0 Gbps ports are within specifications.

The problem was a design error: there was an extra transistor that was not supposed to be there in the chipset. They fixed the problem by removing the transistor.

Wait a month or two before the fixed motherboards will be on sale again.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
1. Plug hdd into sataii port
2. Wait 3 years
3. Post results
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