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Last week, Intel announced it was temporarily halting shipments of its Sandy Bridge-compatible 6 Series Chipset due to a long-term reliability problem with the conventional SATA II ports on all P67 motherboards. Today, the company announced a partial reversal of that decision. The company's PR statement states:
Intel subsequently initiated extensive discussions with computer makers about this topic...As a result of these discussions and specific requests from computer makers, Intel is resuming shipments of the 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.
Intel may have extracted ironclad promises from OEMs when it comes to their product designs but this doesn't make automatically make Santa Clara's renege any sort of good idea. Despite the company's best intentions, this sort of restricted permissiveness could create problems in the consumer market.

If you plan on buying from a name-brand OEM, you should be perfectly fine when it comes to a Sandy Bridge system. Everything else, caveat emptor

There's nothing inherently wrong with Intel's decision to sell product to qualified vendors, but the company has no control over what happens to the finished motherboards once they've been delivered to the OEM in question. That leaves the door wide open for "approved" components to end up on the gray market. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, a "gray" market is one where legal products are being bought and sold through channels or in ways that the manufacturer did not intend or has not approved. Many companies (EVGA is an example) won't warranty products purchased on eBay unless the seller has applied for and received EVGA Authorized Reseller status.

Even Intel's original decision to cease producing P67 chipsets and the subsequent recalls couldn't guarantee that flawed Sandy Bridge motherboards wouldn't be dumped on the gray market. In that situation, however, with virtually all motherboards recalled and products on hold, companies knew that their competitors weren't selling Sandy Bridge systems and thumbing their noses at Intel's directive.

In a situation where some partners and OEMs are permitted to ship boards, the unapproved have a much more significant reason to flout Intel's original order.Given the current situation, we recommend readers only purchase hardware from OEMs and vendors that have a substantial history of backing warranty issues. We're not worried about the likes of Dell or Origin, but we'd be particularly wary of any hole-in-the-wall or eBay deals, no matter how good they sound.

Meh.... its fine.... I dont mind shelling out 30$ for a sata 3 card. Though, if in 3 years, my mobo does fail (i dont have a S/B product) i wouldnt care to be honest...sata 6 is becoming the norm. Heck, even if it fails in like 15 days, w/e, its fine.

i just hope theres nothing else wrong with the chipset that intel isnt telling us yet... i wouldnt be surprised if they said something like, it'll transform into a robot and kill you while your sleeping. Companies are known to avoid major flaws that in reality have no effect on the consumer... i'm really hoping thats the case with intel here.


^^ for the record, i will be really surprised!!


means future upgrades will GRAB the SCREW up from intel...especially if people do not know of this or forgot about it over a couple/few years. they really should send out new CPUs to those who have an infected CPU for free.


But i dont think its the cpu thats the problem... isnt it the motherboard chipset?... so its all good


Correct, it is not the CPU. It is the motherboard chipset, and actually only the P series motherboard chipsets. Other X67 series motherboard chipsets do not suffer from the flaw.


Yeah what your saying is exactly what I was thinking on the sata 3 card anyway. I don't really understand there reasoning here though. I mean I get it if you wanna tarnish your own company , and components, but why would you broadcast a flaw in your equipment, then say you were going to fix it prior to a re-release, and then change your mind saying you won't fix it, and do it all publicly?

I think Intel needs to hire the guys who were finding flaws in the Verizon iPhone by encasing it in both of there hands, and saying it has radio issues for a wifi connection.


Guy, I think for "us" this isn't a big deal at all (as Dave mentioned in the webcast) but the sheer fact that the company admitted to a mistake and isn't doing much to rectify the issue, I believe, is showing that Intel is geting a little too comfortable as "top-dog" in the industry. The first rule of ANY business is that you do whatever you can in your power to make sure your end-client is (a) happy with their buying experience and (b) satisfied with the quality of the product....point 'b' obviously isn't met (though its a small issue...its still an issue)