Intel to begin shipping updated Sandy Point chipsets Feb 14th

Intel to begin shipping updated Sandy Point chipsets Feb 14th

Summary: 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.

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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.

Anyone here have a Sandy Bridge system? Have you been affected by this issue?

Topics: Processors, Hardware, Intel

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  • Nice work Intel! :-)

    That was a very agile turn around
    Johnny Vegas
    • Nice work?

      A bit like slapping lipstick on a pig if you ask me. Especially when they decided to cut their losses with this confidence-boosting update from last week:<br><br><i>Intel is resuming shipments of the [defective] Intel 6 Series chipset for use only in PC system configurations that are not impacted by the design issue. Only computer makers who have committed to shipping the Intel 6 Series chipset in PC system configurations that are not impacted by the design issue will be receiving these shipments.</i><br><br>And my my, with little more to clarify their "no-room-for-error" position than that! How you can dish a compliment their way for this latest billion dollar boner is beyond me. The Sandy Bridge rollout was supposed to be akin to MS's W7, a phase-two gem in the crown of their highly successful Core/iCore platform.<br><br>Instead, and in its haste to rush half baked/half tested product out the door (you know, as modern corporations love to do), Intel foolishly dumped 8 million defective chipsets into the wild, putting a perfectly timed damper (and indelible smudge) on the much anticipated SB release. It doesn't get much more dipshitted than that.<br><br>Yeah, nice work Intel. Your agility leaves the gallery faithful spellbound.
      klumper
  • RE: Intel to begin shipping updated Sandy Point chipsets Feb 14th

    And they fessed up to the problem. That's hard to come by these days...
    kuko_ako@...
    • &quot;And they fessed up to the problem.&quot;

      @kuko_ako@... <br><br>The only thing they did right in this whole affair.
      klumper
    • RE: Intel to begin shipping updated Sandy Point chipsets Feb 14th

      @kuko_ako@...

      They are required by federal law to "fess up" before initiating return talks with their partners, and would open themselves to a class action lawsuit if they denied it completely.
      Maxxify
  • So How Will you Know...

    If the Sandy Bridge MOBOs out in the wild will have the new chipset? Are companies likes ASUS and Gigabyte pulling all the MOBOs with the old chipset..? Be careful when buying these motherboards.
    jpr75_z
    • I believe they are and will RMA ones already sold.

      @jpr75_z I think Adrian answered this one a few days ago.
      DevGuy_z
  • You will you know, or heads should roll

    All new SKU's should be forthcoming with the release of the B3 stepping revisions. The onus will now be on every distributor and retailer to make it unmistakably clear to customers whether they are acquiring the older, less-than-primetime boards versus the new and improved ones. <br><br>This is what has been put in motion from Intel itself, so look for clearly advertised pronouncements along these lines. No one should have to deal with gray zones or careless oversights.<br><br>Should these guarantees fail anywhere along the way, you can be sure Intel will be getting an earful since they put themselves in the crosshairs of this king size flub up. Accept nothing less -- from whoever you do business with.
    klumper
  • ssss

    sss
    Cocylcy
  • RE: Intel to begin shipping updated Sandy Point chipsets Feb 14th

    Sir Kingsley - What is "Sandy Point"?
    mediamonster
    • You mean Point Panic?

      @mediamonster <br><i>What is "Sandy Point"? </i><br><br>Colloquialism I suppose for the combo 6 series express chipset code named <i>Cougar Point</i> used in conjunction with <i>Sandy Bridge</i> processors. Has sort of a refreshing surf sound to it, you gotta admit. :p Better than <i>Point Panic</i>, which might be more fitting.<br><br>I honestly don't know if Intel could mess things up more. It's all the more laughable considering they've been on a big league roll ever since the P4 meltdown. The SB initiative has been confusing and piss poor right from the start. So much corporate ineptness coupled with all that engineering brainpower -- at times I wonder how far such a paradox can be pushed.<br><br>Ah well, the vapor heads at the top can caress their lucky stars Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge show so much performance potential. If not, the whole lot should be sacked for the botch job they've made of this gen-II platform release.
      klumper
  • RE: Intel to begin shipping updated Sandy Point chipsets Feb 14th

    Ahhhhh. Drives me nutts all the idiots posting here. You guys haven't got a clue how complex CPUs and chipsets are. Brain-up before commenting, please.
    As for Intel's handling of the problem I can't help but compare it to the disastrous launch of the original Phenom... Imagine if Apple had produced the chipset/CPUs... Steve Jobs: "Here's a bit of black tape to put over your 3Gb SATA ports!!"
    Bob Wya
    • Black tape, red faces

      @Bob Wya
      [i]You guys haven't got a clue how complex CPUs and chipsets are. Brain-up before <s>commenting</s> releasing, please.[/i]

      You think the brass at Intel got the memo yet?

      Seriously.
      klumper
  • RE: Intel to begin shipping updated Sandy Point chipsets Feb 14th

    If you don't need the SATAII ports then there is no reason why you shouldn't buy the defective motherboards. Intel made a mistake, but who doesn't? At least they weren't like Apple who continued to roll out a phone that they KNEW didn't even work properly (iPhone 4G) and the fix is sticky tape or a case...
    jack8086