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Intel Resumes Shipments of Faulty Cougar Point

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But only to the few that accept the flaw.

Intel recently issued a statement announcing its plans to resume shipments of the motherboards and notebooks utilizing faulty 6-series Cougar Point chipsets. However there's a catch: the chipsets can only be used 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 to provides additional SATA ports.

"Both Intel and its customers are focused on delivering the highest quality PC systems based on Intel 2nd Generation Core Processors," Intel said in the statement. "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."

Intel added that "'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."

The news follows last week's full disclosure of the Cougar Point flaw. As stated by Intel, the 6 Series chipset (P67 and H67) has the potential to impact certain PC system configurations-- namely a problem related to the 3 Gbps SATA ports 2 to 5 (0 and 1 are unaffected) and the "Cougar Point" SATA controller. Intel said that the affected SATA ports within the chipsets may degrade over time. MSI indicated that it could well be over a period of three years.

Tuesday Intel spokesperson Dan Snyder said that OEMs will not be allowed to ship PCs with connectors interfacing the faulty Cougar Point part. This will prevent consumers from connecting hard drives or optical drives purposely or inadvertently.

Currently Intel is working on a new version of the chipset and will be received by manufacturers sometime around the end of February. Sandy Bridge motherboard shipments are expected to return to normal in April. In the meantime, Intel said that it will work with its OEM partners to accept the return of the current affected chipsets. It also plans to support modifications or replacements needed on motherboards or systems.

PC manufacturers who have already sold desktops and laptops sporting the faulty Cougar Point chipsets are currently offering replacements as soon as the revised chipsets arrive. The companies--spanning from Asus to HP-- are also offering full refunds for customers who aren't satisfied with the replacements.

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    mikem_90 , February 8, 2011 9:35 PM
    Still will create air in the pipes, more room for AMD to move in a bit.

    It will be interesting to see if AMD sales go up a bit more because of it.
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    amk09 , February 8, 2011 9:38 PM
    hey unlock the additional pci-e lanes and allow quad-channel ram for when we upgrade to ivy bridge
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    dan55 , February 8, 2011 9:57 PM
    Like many people have posted, they should just keep selling them, even for custom builders, and let them know about the issue. They say it could take up to 3 years to start having considerable issues, which is a long time in terms of computers. And if your ports go down, and you have a RAID, make sure your data is backed up, and get a card, not a huge deal. You just have to think a little bit when it comes to these.

    By the way, loving my i7-2600k OC'd to 4 GHz and Asus P8P67 Deluxe board, they kick some serious ass. Wouldn't even consider anything older than LGA 1155.
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    nforce4max , February 8, 2011 9:58 PM
    oh mighty greedtell isn't going to let a few bad chips get them down. Oh well most people still use older sata 3gb/s based devices.
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    illo , February 8, 2011 10:10 PM
    nforce4maxoh mighty greedtell isn't going to let a few bad chips get them down. Oh well most people still use older sata 3gb/s based devices.


    how many of them use more than 2?

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    dogman_1234 , February 8, 2011 10:35 PM
    I smell a lawsuit.
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    pelov , February 8, 2011 10:35 PM
    You forgot to mention that Will.I.Am will personally come to your house and fix the 6gb sata for you.
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    xantek24 , February 8, 2011 10:37 PM
    Intel is going to lock the affected sata ports so motherboard vendors can use their "EXTREME SATA PORT UNLOCKER!!!" bios gimmick....
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    applegetsmelaid , February 8, 2011 10:40 PM
    Intel's equivalent to Microsoft's Vista. AMD - time to start the bashing campaign now like Apple did and you might just capitalize the market!
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    Anonymous , February 8, 2011 10:41 PM
    illo: Well in the future(circa 2010), almost everyone will have atleast 2 sata devices in any new Sandy Bridge computer(optical and HDD), and a substantial number will have either a:

    1. 2nd HDD
    2. SSD for their boot drive, or
    3. 2nd Optical Drive
    4. E-sata device using one of the 3g sata ports

    IDE devices have pretty much gone the way of the dinosaur, it's all sata now. So to answer your question, probably atleast half, and as much as 90%.
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    rantoc , February 8, 2011 10:47 PM
    applegetsmelaidIntel's equivalent to Microsoft's Vista. AMD - time to start the bashing campaign now like Apple did and you might just capitalize the market!


    Amazing how much market share they "cut" too when Microsoft made such a huge mistake. Mac is still at what is it the amazing 5% world wide. Clearly proves the loyalty of the Microsoft customers!
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    illo , February 8, 2011 10:48 PM
    wotz_da_dillioillo: Well in the future(circa 2010), almost everyone will have atleast 2 sata devices in any new Sandy Bridge computer(optical and HDD), and a substantial number will have either a:1. 2nd HDD2. SSD for their boot drive, or3. 2nd Optical Drive4. E-sata device using one of the 3g sata portsIDE devices have pretty much gone the way of the dinosaur, it's all sata now. So to answer your question, probably atleast half, and as much as 90%.


    and none of those would be able to use the 6gb ports?
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    Twist86 , February 8, 2011 10:50 PM
    I have to say a boo to Intel on this one. Man up and take the hit for selling a defective product. Makes me rethink buying their products if they have a defect and they just ignore it for money.
    I understand a business is there to make money but there is a line between making money off quality products and greed.

    Makes me rethink waiting for the G3 drives for my old SATA2 system. I use to trust Intel quality over Crucial/Vertex drives.
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    _Cubase_ , February 8, 2011 10:58 PM
    applegetsmelaidIntel's equivalent to Microsoft's Vista. AMD - time to start the bashing campaign now like Apple did and you might just capitalize the market!


    Last time AMD had a "bashing" campaign was when they launched their "Dual core Duel" campaign against Intel. Turns out just weeks after that campaign Intel released Conroe and bitch slapped AMDs ass into the stone age, and they've never recovered the top market position since for CPUs. I think they learnt their lesson that R&D is far more valuable to a company's forward development than fanfare.

    One a side note: If you think this is going to dent Intel enough to allow AMD to gain some ground, you are most likely mistaken. It will take a lot more than a circumstantially faulty chipset to clear the Moses path for AMD. And honestly, why is it that every time there is news about Intel there are always the generic "good news for AMD... maybe?" comments? Not every news story about Intel needs to have a direct effect on AMD you know.
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    kinggremlin , February 8, 2011 11:06 PM
    wotz_da_dillioillo: Well in the future(circa 2010), almost everyone will have atleast 2 sata devices in any new Sandy Bridge computer(optical and HDD), and a substantial number will have either a:1. 2nd HDD2. SSD for their boot drive, or3. 2nd Optical Drive4. E-sata device using one of the 3g sata portsIDE devices have pretty much gone the way of the dinosaur, it's all sata now. So to answer your question, probably atleast half, and as much as 90%.


    Every SB board I have seen reviewed has at least 2 6Gb/s ports. So your whole post was a waste of time. How many users need more than 4 ports? A very small number. And those that do, likely have the technical know how to understand how to get around the problem.
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    emmanuelxian07 , February 8, 2011 11:20 PM
    I agree with wotz_da_dillio. In my case, I want to buy the SB processor and an existing P67 board. I don't really care if there's going to be a problem with the SATA II ports because I'm not planning to use them. I'm planning to use just 1 SATA III drive and 1 optical disc drive, so I won't be needing more than 2 ports, but because of Intel's recall, I can't buy anything at all. Besides, it will take a long time before the bug kicks in. This gives Intel ample time to make replacement boards and have them available on the market to replace existing boards. I do hope P67 boards become available again soon.
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    jimmysmitty , February 8, 2011 11:55 PM
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    Still will create air in the pipes, more room for AMD to move in a bit.

    It will be interesting to see if AMD sales go up a bit more because of it.


    This means that it will probably only ship to OEMs and high end gaming rig builders (who tend to use PCIe cards for better performance).

    I doubt we will see any P67/H67 mobos on Newegg yet, or at least until the mobo makers have the fixed chip.

    As for AMD, I doubt they will be able to move in. First they have to beat the current generaition of Core i CPUs to do that.
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    amnotanoobie , February 9, 2011 1:37 AM
    Twist86I have to say a boo to Intel on this one. Man up and take the hit for selling a defective product. Makes me rethink buying their products if they have a defect and they just ignore it for money.I understand a business is there to make money but there is a line between making money off quality products and greed.Makes me rethink waiting for the G3 drives for my old SATA2 system. I use to trust Intel quality over Crucial/Vertex drives.


    You have to say boo to Intel for immediately stopping shipment of a possibly defective product which may only affect a minor % of users after a few years?

    This is probably one of the more responsible moves than:
    - What nvidia did with the overheating issue for the mobile graphics.
    - What Apple did for the iphone antenna

    They decided to pull out the product before it even gains widespread use.
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    redzoneos , February 9, 2011 3:45 AM
    I swear I remember suggesting this in the previous news report about 700 million dollars! I'm glad intel listened to my suggestion :p  (though they did modify it slightly)

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    eddieroolz , February 9, 2011 7:59 AM
    Sorry, I won't be buying one even if I intended to do so.
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