As part of ongoing quality assurance, Intel Corporation has discovered a design issue in a recently released support chip, the Intel® 6 Series, code-named Cougar Point, and has implemented a silicon fix. 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 chipset is utilized in PCs with Intel’s latest Second Generation Intel Core processors, code-named Sandy Bridge. Intel has stopped shipment of the affected support chip from its factories. Intel has corrected the design issue, and has begun manufacturing a new version of the support chip which will resolve the issue. The Sandy Bridge microprocessor is unaffected and no other products are affected by this issue.
Intel's press release
This ain't going to be pretty. It seems that Intel has discovered a problem in the "6-series “Cougar Point” chipsets, including H67 and P67 [source
So... how big is this problem? Intel says that they have shipped 8 million chipsets so far, but few consumers have them [source
]." Oh, really? not from what I have seen within the enthusiast communities (like here).
It looks like all Intel will have to replace ALL
"Sandy-Bridge-based motherboards, laptops, and pre-built PCs currently on store shelves or already in the hands of consumers [source
Seems like I remember Intel kicking AMD when AMD was down due to the errata bug way back when. I wonder if AMD will return the favor this time around? Or will the $1 billion price tag [source
] be enough this time around?
It looks like we will have to wait and see, folks.