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Friday, 11 February 2011 15:04

Intel to start shipping new 6 series chips by February 14th

Written by Slobodan Simic
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Still far away from customers

Intel has announced that its will start shipping its B3 stepping 6-Series chipset chips by February 14th. In case you somehow managed to miss this one, we are still talking about Intel's chipset that is plagued by the now quite famous SATA 3Gbps bug.

Intel is still sticking behind its promise that it will ship these products by the end of February. The new stepping has several updates including the change of revision ID from 04h to 05h, BIOS update to 1.1.4 and minor metal layer change improving lifetime wear out with no changes to functionality or design specifications (the one that fixes SATA 3.0Gbps issue).

Of course, bear in mind that this is the date when Intel will ship the new B3 revision chip to the manufactures and most certainly doesn't mean that you will see it in channel. We had a nice chat with a couple of people and in most cases it takes one week to get it to manufacturers, two weeks in order for them to put it on their motherboards and around six weeks for the final product to reach its destination. Of course these are rough timelines that also depend on the region and minor changes can happen.

As always, OEMs will probably get the first batch and channel might get it, in the best case scenario, by the end of March or in early April. Of course, there might be a lot of people waiting for a replacement so you have to count them in as well, and there is no way to find out how big will the first shipment be so you might see the new B3 Sandy Bridge on retail/e-tail shelves sometime in April or even later.

Of course, as we wrote earlier, some retailers/e-tailers and OEMs are still happily selling the old B2 revision.

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+8 #1 muddocktor 2011-02-11 17:16
I hope Intel charters a 747 freighter full of B3 chips on the 14th so the board manufacturers can get on with getting product out to the end users quickly.
 
 
+20 #2 nECrO 2011-02-11 17:43
Knowingly selling a defective product, no matter how minor or statistically small, should be a crime. Assuming the end user will use the non-affected ports or will not experience the bug is greed plain and simple. A list should be made of the retailers still selling these boards so that folks like me can avoid ever doing business with them. Greed has it's price and that price is my business...
 
 
-21 #3 Tasty Taste 2011-02-11 18:15
just buy an i7 930
 
 
-6 #4 Jurassic1024 2011-02-11 18:22
just buy a Phenom 9x00 series CPU
 
 
+5 #5 Boomstick777 2011-02-11 19:12
Quoting Jurassic1024:
just buy a Phenom 9x00 series CPU


would rather have a sandybridge!

Check out the direct comparison between AMD's best and Intels best Sandybridge cpu's below, it speaks for itself...

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/203?vs=287
Phenom II 1100T £210 vs 2600k £230
 
 
0 #6 FlOw 2011-02-11 20:30
Quoting Boomstick777:
Quoting Jurassic1024:
just buy a Phenom 9x00 series CPU


would rather have a sandybridge!

Check out the direct comparison between AMD's best and Intels best Sandybridge cpu's below, it speaks for itself...

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/203?vs=287
Phenom II 1100T £210 vs 2600k £230


I'm pretty sure he was being sarcastic, notice he said it after someone else said "just buy an i7 930". think about it, why would he seriously tell someone to buy amds last gen 65nm quads?
 
 
-4 #7 Boomstick777 2011-02-12 00:30
Quoting FlOw:
I'm pretty sure he was being sarcastic, notice he said it after someone else said "just buy an i7 930". think about it, why would he seriously tell someone to buy amds last gen 65nm quads?


lol yeah, just showing support for Intel mate all the AMD fanboism here is grating
 
 
+8 #8 Bl0bb3r 2011-02-12 00:56
Quoting Boomstick777:
lol yeah, just showing support for Intel mate all the AMD fanboism here is grating



So, if someone is pissed and protests the intel-client-fracking he's labeled an AMD fanboy?... Q: what about intel fanboy? A: Let them screw you in every aspect besides pretty bench numbers that help you in less than 5% of the products life span, looking like an idiot for paying twice as much than alternatives or older models.

Yes, that's a sound logic *sarcasm* and yes, Jurassic was being sarcastic.

BTW, I prefer AMD products and even so I didn't rub this bug in everyone's face or howled how great AMD is.
 
 
-2 #9 Boomstick777 2011-02-12 01:27
@BlObb3r

Yeah I just get irked by the lame fanboy comments that usually follow any post on fudzilla, they are quite funny sometimes tho lol. This sata port design error is really no big deal, looks like Intel will be shipping fixed products before most people would have thought of ordering it in the first place, gotta give them credit for how quickly they dealt with it imo

Hitler is informed about the Intel Sandy Bridge chipset bug - link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yEQSX4biR4
 
 
+3 #10 Bl0bb3r 2011-02-12 02:13
That's how the internet works, people get gray screens they scream AMD, people get GPU issues they scream nvidia, people get chipsets issue they scream Intel.

That Hitler thing is getting old. Maybe it's a race about who publishes a new issue faster... it's a youtube thing.
 

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