Online Retailer 'Deactivates' Sandy Bridge CPUs

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • James296
    one of the reason why i shop newegg is because newegg cares about it's customers
  • joelmartinez
    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
  • verbalizer
    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...?
  • vcbb10
    I'm moping because I bought one, haha. Replacing my mobo is gonna suck.
  • maxiim
    Get with the times guys, noticed this on newegg a few days ago.
  • 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).
  • Immoral Medic
    seriously though, just use sata 6 drives, then no issues. Now I can't buy my new cpu from newegg. Great.
  • cangelini
    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 ;-)
  • campb292
    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!
  • roflmaonow
    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.