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Tuesday, 01 February 2011 11:07

Intel's 6-series recall to cost $1 billion

Written by Nedim Hadzic
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All expenses paid by Intel
The latest news on the chipset front has it that Intel 6-series chipsets come with a flaw that could cause your HDDs and DVDs to malfunction. Many motherboard makers as well as OEMs/ODMs have already pulled some products and this move is expected to cost Intel a pretty penny indeed.

Intel said “In some cases, the Serial-ATA (SATA) ports within the chipsets may degrade over time, potentially impacting the performance or functionality of SATA-linked devices such as hard disk drives and DVD-drives.” The rapid succession of “in some cases”, “may degrade” and “potentially impacting” is there to make you feel like it’s never going to happen.

Samsung today announced that the company intends to refund or exchange each of their products launched so far. Namely, the company launched six Cougar Point based PC lines in Korea and one in the US. The company said this act of good will be funded by Intel. Gigabyte also instructed distributors and resellers to halt motherboard sales and we hear that Newegg deactivated many listings as well.

Intel says that the issue has been corrected and that new versions of the chipset will ship late February, with full volume recovery expected in April. Unfortunately, it has been said that the entire thing will cost Intel as much as $1 billion in repairs, lost revenue and resulting delays.


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+7 #1 robert3892 2011-02-01 11:37
Actually Intel predicts that with the costs involved they are still expected to meet their original target profit margin
 
 
-17 #2 MrScary 2011-02-01 11:41
yesterday it was a 300 million loss for retrad ideas of giant mongoloid intel, today escaled up to 1 billion, what a bloody mess retardtel.
 
 
-17 #3 MrScary 2011-02-01 11:44
Hahaha what a moron 1 billion lost, i suppose the gay will.i.am will compose a song about the mess and embarrasement in retardtel fabs, thats why man has Fabs...ultra morons :D
 
 
-11 #4 Abdussamad 2011-02-01 11:51
Intel is just another in a long list of American companies making dodgy products. Who would have thought that using an Intel based system would kill your HDD?
 
 
+19 #5 distinctively 2011-02-01 12:02
It could be worse. If these problems were nVidia's we'd have to wait for years and end up with lawsuits before anything got fixed. They would still ship the bad product until they couldn't get away with it anymore.
 
 
+61 #6 123s 2011-02-01 12:04
Gotta give them props for returning it though, Apple would just blame the customers for holding it wrong.
 
 
+18 #7 milkod2001 2011-02-01 12:20
actually it's good excuse to exchange your mobo(if u already own p67/h67mobo) for z68 for FREE when it will be aviable.
1 billion is nothing for Intel, they deserved it.

if only AMD could bring Bulldozer just right now, that would be great for them.
 
 
+14 #8 Naterm 2011-02-01 13:14
This is a huge failure for intel, but some of the idiotic comments here fail even more.

Retardel? How old are you? Eleven?

Furthermore, it doesn't 'kill your hard drive'. It's a performance degradation issue.

Just because intel screwed the pooch for the first time in a long while doesn't mean you have the right to go retarded.
 
 
+11 #9 TechHog 2011-02-01 13:18
Quoting Abdussamad:
Intel is just another in a long list of American companies making dodgy products. Who would have thought that using an Intel based system would kill your HDD?

Yep. American companies are the only ones that that release defective products by accident. In fact everything made in America is defective! And America is the only place with stupid people. And all Americans are arrogant jackasses who think that they're better than everyone else. And we all think that is the only real country on Earth. Someone should nuke America right now and do the world a huge favor.
 
 
+10 #10 Steve-O 2011-02-01 13:43
Apparently tin-foil hatters have started the rumors (which I am much obliged to pass along) that Intel initiated the stock buyback program last week with the full knowledge of this issue, thusly reducing the inevitable stock price hit when the news was made public.

This is Intel we're talking about here, anything is possible.
 

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