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Intel Shipping Revised Cougar Point Next Week

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Intel will begin to ship B3 stepping of Cougar Point chipsets on February 14.

As if to keep the splash damage to a minimum, Intel has shifted into high gear by announcing its intent to ship the B3 stepping of Cougar Point chipsets (Q67, P67, H67, and so on) to OEMs on February 14. The news arrives in a product change notification (pdf) dated on February 9, 2011 (#110456-00) and follows the company's previous promise to expedite the fix as quickly as possible.

According to the document, the changes and features are as follows:

  • 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

"Minimal re-qualification and/or validation is expected for features already supported on B2 stepping," Intel said. "B3 stepping has only a minor metal layer change that has no functional or SATA interface electrical changes. Customers should be ready to receive the new material by the “Date Customer Must be Ready to Receive Post-Conversion Material” above. Please contact your local Intel representative for further technical questions."

Originally the Cougar Point revision was slated to hit OEMs by the end of the month. However pressures from manufacturers and AMD may have driven the company to bring a solution sooner than expected. Earlier this week Leslie Sobon, AMD vice president of product and platform marketing, said that Intel's Sandy Bridge platform problem was sending additional business their way.

"We have some customers and retailers who have come to us specifically as a result of Intel's chip problem," Sobon said. "Some retailers have had to take things off their shelves, so they call us to ask what they could get from our OEMs that's similar. And OEMs are asking us for product, as well."

Also earlier this week, Intel said that it would continue to ship the defective Cougar Point chipsets for limited uses. The chipsets can only be applied in systems that won't be affected by the design flaw, namely "closed" notebook configurations and desktops with a SATA PCI-Express card pre-installed that provides additional SATA ports.

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    dranicus , February 11, 2011 9:34 PM
    The frying pan is scorching
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    Inferno1217 , February 11, 2011 10:01 PM
    That was much faster than I expected. Closing the door on AMD's chance to capitalize on this mistake. Still can't wait to see what real world performance Bulldozer brings to the market.
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    stm1185 , February 11, 2011 10:01 PM
    "Some retailers have had to take things off their shelves, so they call us to ask what they could get from our OEMs that's similar. And OEMs are asking us for product, as well"

    I read that and I just keep thinking that AMD doesnt make anything similar to sandybridge.
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    bp_ , February 11, 2011 10:03 PM
    now let's see how long until MBs are available again
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    Onus , February 11, 2011 10:10 PM
    This says nothing about quantities that will actually be available. This could be a "paper fix" just to slow the bleeding to AMD. For most people and many tasks, Intel's performance superiority just doesn't matter. Side by side, Intel wins hands down, but if AMD is the only game in town, buyers are still getting something decent.
    But, what happened to 1156? Did it simply dry up, because that's also a perfectly valid choice, and still performs better than AMD.
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    FrozenGpu , February 11, 2011 10:22 PM
    Then April will be when I can buy a sandy bridge setup?
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    touchdowntexas13 , February 11, 2011 10:35 PM
    jtt283This says nothing about quantities that will actually be available. This could be a "paper fix" just to slow the bleeding to AMD. For most people and many tasks, Intel's performance superiority just doesn't matter. Side by side, Intel wins hands down, but if AMD is the only game in town, buyers are still getting something decent.But, what happened to 1156? Did it simply dry up, because that's also a perfectly valid choice, and still performs better than AMD.


    Agree. AMD doesn't have anything out right now that is on par with sandy bridge (at least just when you consider performance). I don't see how this is boosting AMD sales when socket 1156 still has a very slight edge over existing AMD platforms. Maybe this flaw in the intel processors hurt their image more than I thought. Maybe customers don't think they are as reliable. Who knows...

    I would definitely wait before building a computer though. I would definitely wait for sandy bridge to get back in stores, and if you can hold off long enough, maybe even wait for bulldozer.
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    zerapio , February 11, 2011 11:07 PM
    touchdowntexas13Agree. AMD doesn't have anything out right now that is on par with sandy bridge (at least just when you consider performance). I don't see how this is boosting AMD sales when socket 1156 still has a very slight edge over existing AMD platforms. Maybe this flaw in the intel processors hurt their image more than I thought. Maybe customers don't think they are as reliable. Who knows...I would definitely wait before building a computer though. I would definitely wait for sandy bridge to get back in stores, and if you can hold off long enough, maybe even wait for bulldozer.

    Or maybe AMD is bluffing. This is an excellent PR opportunity for them. I'd take their comments about increased business with a grain of salt.

    When the financial statements come out for Q1 we'll see how much of an impact this issue really had on both companies.
    jtt283This says nothing about quantities that will actually be available. This could be a "paper fix" just to slow the bleeding to AMD.

    Come on, really? This is a chip that was already produced in volume. It sounds like production was halted, the mask was fixed and hit resume. They probably reused the samples before the faulty step.
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    joelmartinez , February 11, 2011 11:23 PM
    Wonder if it OC better, probably not but a 5.6ghz on water 24/7 would be awesome 6ghz even better
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    Immoral Medic , February 11, 2011 11:43 PM
    Kudos to Intel for quick fix. Now I can indeed buy a new sandy bridge system for my birthday next month ^^
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    truehighroller , February 12, 2011 12:21 AM
    I found gold in Wisconsin any way so my GA-P67A-UD3P will be here tomorrow or Monday, one of the two. The new ones will start shipping on 2/16 from etailers from what I heard today from my source.

    I actually posted that on Techpowerup today.
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    Kaori Cpu , February 12, 2011 1:28 AM
    Well, Since you found gold in Wisconsin and I happen to live in wisconsin...WHERE IS THE GOLD :D  Let me know man
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    FrozenGpu , February 12, 2011 1:34 AM
    truehighrollerI found gold in Wisconsin any way so my GA-P67A-UD3P will be here tomorrow or Monday, one of the two. The new ones will start shipping on 2/16 from etailers from what I heard today from my source.I actually posted that on Techpowerup today.

    Sweet, so we could expect to find the new rev. cougar point's online on the 16th of this month?
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    xyster , February 12, 2011 1:48 AM
    its pretty impressive to see Intel go so quickly from realizing they had a problem to fixing the problem -- most other companies seem to just flounder about a while before admitting anything. While they clearly aren't perfect, you gotta respect em.

    that said, I want my chocolate cake now dammit.
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    Anonymous , February 12, 2011 2:39 AM
    Sweet, I might just have to pick one up.
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    truehighroller , February 12, 2011 2:41 AM
    They're shipping them out on the fourteenth right? Do you actually think that Intel doesn't have enough money to get these things to their locations in one or two days after shipping on the fourteenth?

    I think that this website is accurate arrival time wise which is what I had posted on techpowerup. This was an email sent to me from an etailer in regards to an 1155 motherboard.

    Hello Timothy,



    The Asus Maximus IV Extreme motherboard I quoted you is actually $365.00 shipping included and no tax. It is scheduled to arrive 02/16/2011. Direct link: http://esolsticeinc.com/maximus-iv-extreme-motherboard-p-625.html The Intel 6 series boards are being updated daily I’ll keep you posted on any new developments. Thank you.



    Sincerely,

    Eliel Ortiz




    Phone: 954.625.7422 | e-mail: info@esolsticeinc.com | Website: http://www.esolsticeinc.com

    @ Kaori cpu


    I think I bought the last GA-P67A-UD3P they had but it was at, I pmed you.

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    f-14 , February 12, 2011 6:08 AM
    Inferno1217That was much faster than I expected. Closing the door on AMD's chance to capitalize on this mistake. Still can't wait to see what real world performance Bulldozer brings to the market.

    so you're saying you've fully tested and vetted this new revision?
    i think i'll let other people take the blind leap and wait a year or so to see just how extensive a problem this is going to be. no SLI so why bother.
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , February 12, 2011 8:58 AM
    Good One Intel,for at least being efficient in getting the B3 stepping out so much more quicker then I thought it would take them :)  ...Bad luck though,because it is for OEM's only and not for the retail boxed market yet :fou:  ...
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , February 12, 2011 9:07 AM
    To add to my comment above,I was one of those that decided to return my Asus P8P67 Deluxe to the retailer that I originally bought it from & I got a core i7 870 & still deciding on which H55 chipset to get :)  ...I also got one core i7 2600k as well as the core i7 2600 which I still have...The core i7 2600 I bought from the same retailer that I returned the mainboard to & the other I bought through eBay overseas from the U.S.A.(core i7 2600k)...I am keeping these so I can quickly use them as soon as the retail boxed cougar chipsets are ready to ship once again with a new revision :)  ...
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , February 12, 2011 9:25 AM
    Beware to all those that are readers of these posts from Australia...There are a lot of online stores & walkin PC hardware stores that have still got these cougar chipset motherboards advertised on their sites & have no mention of the cougar chipset problems at all mentioned on their same sites :fou:  ...The store that I returned to was D & D and they still do not mention that their is a problem with these cougar chipsets on their site yet :fou:  ...So I doubt that I will be buying any of the cougar chipsets that are repaired from there in case they are just going to sell the old ones still & just do returns to the manufacturer if they have to,because of a fault within the 1 year warranty period :pt1cable:  ...I may go online & search overseas like the U.S.A. for these mainboards when they have the repaired ones for sale...Also I did not know about the problem of the faulty chipsets until I saw it on the news on TV...There are quite a lot of people out there that buy these faulty pc's or buy the faulty chipset parts & do not know what is going on yet...The reason why I say this,is because even I do not visit these sites all the time because of work obligations I have very little time to spare :ouch:  ...Remember when buying a new cougar chipset board,make sure that you get one with a new revision number on it & not the same old revision number that came out with the original cougar chipset boards ;)  ,remember check :)  ...
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