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Online Retailer 'Deactivates' Sandy Bridge CPUs

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 60 comments

Perfectly good CPUs get pulled, but for a pretty logical reason.

While the Sandy Bridge chipset flaw affects only motherboards, it seems somewhat nonsensical to be selling CPUs for the platform when there's nothing reliable yet on which to use it.

Many retailers continue to stock and sell the processor, but Newegg has taken it upon itself to pull all the second-generation Core processors from its virtual shelves. Just a quick peek at the page for the Core i7-2600K reveals that the product has been "deactivated" from inventory.


In fact, when browsing the Intel CPU category, you're treated to view that's very much 2010.

Although Newegg could be missing out on some CPU sales, it also doesn't have to contend with customers buying the processor only to return it because he or she can't get a motherboard that will run it. This could also be a good way to help clear out the previous-generation inventory.

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    James296 , February 1, 2011 11:56 PM
    one of the reason why i shop newegg is because newegg cares about it's customers
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    James296 , February 1, 2011 11:56 PM
    one of the reason why i shop newegg is because newegg cares about it's customers
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    joelmartinez , February 2, 2011 12:00 AM
    I'm still moping about this, at least I didn't purchase, the one month waiting for defects time will always be observed by me
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    verbalizer , February 2, 2011 12:12 AM
    I'm glad to be running a i5-760 build and not jump to SB-K like tons of other people.
    I wonder if AMD/Bulldozer will step up beta testing and QA even more now...?
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    vcbb10 , February 2, 2011 12:16 AM
    I'm moping because I bought one, haha. Replacing my mobo is gonna suck.
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    maxiim , February 2, 2011 12:19 AM
    Get with the times guys, noticed this on newegg a few days ago.
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    Anonymous , February 2, 2011 12:22 AM
    I wish I had purchased, I was waiting for the next sale on cyberpower. SATA II. Who cares about SATA II? ASUS P8P67 has 4 SATA IIIs(plus 2 ESATA).
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    Immoral Medic , February 2, 2011 12:29 AM
    seriously though, just use sata 6 drives, then no issues. Now I can't buy my new cpu from newegg. Great.
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    cangelini , February 2, 2011 12:41 AM
    maxiimGet with the times guys, noticed this on newegg a few days ago.

    A few days ago? Intel only pulled its Cougar Point chipset yesterday, man ;-)
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    campb292 , February 2, 2011 12:41 AM
    seriously though, just use sata 6 drives, then no issues.

    And just turn your head to a defective board? SATA 3Gb/s SSD's still beat the pants off any SATA 6Gb/s HDD. Just toss them in the garbage because your board can never use them because it has 4 bad ports? No thanks.

    I am an intel fanboy and nothing like this will change that. First, I would never be the "first" to rush out and get the early revisions. Second, I wouldn't be buying a gimped chipset in the first place. This is not an enthusiast platform... 16 pcie lanes? Take that and shove it!
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    roflmaonow , February 2, 2011 12:52 AM
    I bought the Sandy Bridge motherboard from Newegg and the board works just fine. I'll probably return it at some point. I'm not too worried about this glitch so far.
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    blakphoenix , February 2, 2011 12:55 AM
    pewpew, i5-750 going strong!
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    jj463rd , February 2, 2011 1:00 AM
    When you're an early adopter things like this can always crop up.
    That's why I usually wait for a few months until these new platforms get throughly tested.Newegg did the right thing.
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    dimar , February 2, 2011 1:15 AM
    NewEgg is the first place I go, for the last few years, to get parts. Their service and prices are top of the best 99.99% of time.
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    jprahman , February 2, 2011 1:30 AM
    I just hope this doesn't give some people the false impression that the CPUs themselves are defective. I've already seen quite a few very uninformed people that believed that the CPUs were defective, not the chipset.
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    techguy911 , February 2, 2011 2:01 AM
    Wow talk about overreacting I have a sandy bridge i7-2600k and no its not going to blowup or do anything that would effect me the problem is so small it would only effect 1% of the people who have it already.
    Just putting using the 6gb controller prevents anything from happening and you would have to be running an enterprise data center on the 3gb controller to see anything happen.
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    christop , February 2, 2011 2:49 AM
    I'm glad I didn't jump the gun and settled for an I7 930 1366. I am happy with it coming from an e8400.
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    atikkur , February 2, 2011 2:53 AM
    MSI has declared to recall all its P67 and H67 board. And i think every big dealer will treat its consumer nicely. So what is the big deal? The board still functioning perfectly now, its only degraded within time, as news reported. I will get new replacement as the revision board comes out. Until then, i just need to use sata3 port. infact,, im using this new tech processor right now when the others cant even buy it? a ++,, haha.
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    edilee , February 2, 2011 2:54 AM
    James296one of the reason why i shop newegg is because newegg cares about it's customers

    True. Newegg is playing it smart by deactivating these items because more than likely they would just be turning around processing returns of these items. Add in their return policy on CPU's and this is the smartest way to protect themselves AND the consumer. Processing returns for a mass recall would cost them tons of $$ so this way they are eliminating an excessive cost.

    This is not a ploy for them to clear out old stock because anyone wanting to build a SB machine will wait a couple months and do so when this issue is resolved. With the i7 950 (and i7 920 and 930 discontinued)at a new low price I have no doubts they are still moving the original i7's out the door pretty fast.
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    maddad , February 2, 2011 2:59 AM
    I've been using AMD products for years and have been quite satisfied, I have never really been that interested in having the latest/greatest. I realize that this issue means the new Sandy Bridge chipset is not "perfect", but frankly I fail to see any real problem here. It looks like the whole industry is really overeacting on this one. Are those of you who have purchased these boards/cpu happy with the performance/price/features? It just seems to me it is a problem that no ordinary user would ever experience in daily use.
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    slothy89 , February 2, 2011 3:22 AM
    Only read about half the comments, they all looked pretty similar.

    The local place where I get my PC stuff from in Australia has gone a different route to NewEgg.

    Instead of dropping all 1155 products, CPU+Motherboards, they initially dropped the motherboards (but kept the CPU's on sale) when they heard of the issue. But now after more information and thought, they decided to add the boards back to their list. But also added huge red warnings saying the issue exists, and also suggesting alternatives to those who are tech savvy enough.

    Like myself, I'm not phased by this bug, as I will only be using the Sata3 6gbps ports. So I'm glad I can still buy the remaining parts for my new SB build, which is CPU, MoBo and RAM. Case and everything else is already in transit =D

    Major retailers should still provide an option for those knowledgeable enough to still get access to existing 1155 stock, I mean, they lose money otherwise...
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