Originally Posted by MrSmoofy
They are already shipping new chips with this fixed I read about this last week. Apparently it only affects the second channel of SATA so if you only need 1 or 2 drives your fine.
Source ? Also how did you read about it last week when Intel made the annoucement on monday ? Major OEM's/Partners were unaware as late as tuesday that there was a flaw. There was rumors in the hardware forums but most people chalked it up to early adoption/driver problems.
Intel themselves have said it will take at least untill early march or april at the latest to start shiping revised chipsets. If the problem was minor, I doubt they would be spending over $700 million to replace it. OEMS are even offering refunds at this point which is unusual.
It affects all of the SATA II links, SATA III is unaffected, some of the current "fixed" mobo's are exclusively SATAIII. Also Z-68 is unaffected, however the vast majority of Sandy Bridge Mobos are going to be H/P67 based.
"The company expects to begin delivering the updated version of the chipset to customers in late February and expects full volume recovery in April. Intel stands behind its products and is committed to product quality."
Sandy Bridge Debacle: What it means for you.
"Manufacturers told us that revised motherboards and notebooks based are unlikely to appear until at least April of this year, and Intel probably won't be supplying new chipset revisions until early to mid-March. However, replacements are unclear as manufacturers are informing us that details need to be worked out with Intel on how customers will be handled."
The Source of Intel's Cougar Point SATA Bug.
"OEMs and motherboard manufacturers are going to be talking to Intel over the next week to figure out the next steps. Intel plans to deliver fixed silicon to its partners at the end of February, however it’ll still take time for the motherboard makers to turn those chips into products. I wouldn’t expect replacements until March at the earliest."