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Friday, 04 February 2011 15:23

Gigabyte has software to test H67/P67 boards for bug

Written by Fuad Abazovic
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Just use SATA 3 and you'll be fine

It looks like we will talk about Intel's Sandy Bridge motherboard recall for quite a while. Gigabyte just sent out a press release where it said that it has software that can test whether your board is good or bad, of course it tests only P67 and H67 motherboards.

Gigabyte is trying to sell the story that only users with more than two SATA devices might be affected, as SATA 3 ports are not affected. We like the choice of words where Gigabyte tells its customers that “not so important devices like DVD rom (Nicht so wichtige Geräte (z.B. DVD-ROM) / translated from German press release ed.)” should get attached to SATA 2 affected port. We don’t want to prejudge here but installing from a DVD on a bad SATA 2 port can also result in a very long and bad day.

So, Gigabyte was so nice to come up with a software simply called GIGABYTE 6 Series SATA Check, available here.

The software can tell you if you have drives attached to affected SATA 2 ports but it cannot tell you if you have an affected motherboard. Gigabyte clearly tells you that there is no way to guarantee if you are one of the five percent of all affected boards but even then try to avoid use of SATA 2. Remember it might take up to three years for this port to fail and for most it will never happen.

The small program will simply tell you to avoid SATA 2 ports and try to plug all to SATA 3. SATA 3 is backward compatible with SATA 2 devices and they will work just fine. If you don't use affected SATA 2 ports software will simply tell you “SATA configuration (is) OK”. If you have devices attached on SATA 2 ports the software will tell you “(Please) move 1 or 2 devices from (the) Intel PCH SATA 2.0 ports to the free SATA 3.0 ports“.

In the third scenario, if you use both SATA 2 and SATA 3 ports, the program advises that (“Use of (the) Intel PCH SATA 2.0 ports is not recommended”). We are quite sure that other manufacturer are also working on a similar solution to tell you what ports are you using. The alternative is simple, just open your case, and see it for yourself as SATA 2 and SATA 3 are usually painted in different colours, just consult your manual.

Last modified on Friday, 04 February 2011 15:36
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+19 #1 loadwick 2011-02-04 16:15
Maybe this is the SATA Gods telling Intel to move on from 3Gbps and have them run at 6Gbps!
 
 
+5 #2 Jaberwocky 2011-02-04 17:30
They could do with some software that checks and says."your SATA 2 device is connected to a Sandy Bridge motherboard.Dont't be a twat,chuck it away and get an AMD board." :D
 
 
0 #3 MrScary 2011-02-04 19:10
Quoting Jaberwocky:
They could do with some software that checks and says."your SATA 2 device is connected to a Sandy Bridge motherboard.Dont't be a twat,chuck it away and get an AMD board." :D

Wise words, that is gonna be the the app for april fools, the right gift to all noobs buying shity bridges.

Get AMD, fool.
 
 
+9 #4 East17 2011-02-05 10:48
The amount of lack of respect INTEL shows its customers is amazing.

What's strange is that INTEL does this very often. Here's how many issues I remember where they've SHIPPED faulty products :

1.FDIV bug

2.Pentium 3 1GHz recalling

3.i820 MCH recall

4.The ICH6 factory layer problem. That was a recall but not to all the products on the market just some i915/i925 maiboards but their goes to prove again that INTEL does NOT quality test their products even 24 hours before packaging

5.PAT enabled chipsets overheating expensive memory from OCZ or Crucial

6. Now these chipsets also shipped without proper testing


They've made a habit using their customers as lab rats that do the testing for them .
 
 
-9 #5 Squall_Leonhart 2011-02-05 15:46
Quoting East17:
stupid post


and amd are completely innocent >.>
 
 
+3 #6 Bl0bb3r 2011-02-05 18:29
Quoting Squall_Leonhart :
Quoting East17:
stupid post


and amd are completely innocent >.>



No, not at all, but the big issue here is that chipZILLA, the gaZILLion dollar corp. should at least take some time for proper testing. It's not like they lag behind the competition.
 
 
+10 #7 FearTec 2011-02-06 07:48
Thw title ("Gigabyte has software to test H67/P67 boards for bug") is a lie, The tool does not check for the bug. it only checks to see if devices are on the SATA2 ports.
 

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