(NOTE - For the latest developments from every motherboard maker on this developing recall please see this PCSTATS article - Intel 6-Series Chipset Recall - Sandy Bridge Intel P67 & H67)
"Intel is telling us they have completely stopped shipping the
affected chipset and already begun production of the revised and fixed
version of the 6-series chipsets. But shipping of those chipsets
won't start until late February and full "inventory replacement" won't
happen until sometime in April. Intel has committed to working with
partners to help facilitate the recall of affected products once
production is in full swing, but this isn't something easy to do. You
can't just replace a hard drive or memory module here - full
motherboard replacement is going to be required on desktop and
notebook platforms - a costly error indeed. The company has declared
a $700M write off estimate for this cause."
"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 error and source of degradation is in the silicon itself - not a driver or software or firmware error at all. In some cases Intel has seen silicon degradation in the section of the 6-series chipsets where SATA communication occurs. "
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