Sandy Bridge problem

Sandy Bridge problem

Is your new PC motherboard affected by the Sandy Bridge problem ?

What is the Sandy Bridge problem ?

Intel manufacters amongst many other things, chipsets to accompany their motherboard' sockets for their CPU's. An integral part of any PC system. The chipset accompanying the socket for their newest line of CPU's has a problem that has become known as the Sandy Bridge problem.

How did the Sandy Bridge problem occur ?

The Sandy Bridge problem is a design flaw that didn't show up until it was too late - after product shipping had commenced. Early adopters of the new hardware have been hit the hardest. Sometimes, they get the bragging rights ! Sometimes, they get the headaches ! As Intel share value falls, sales of Anadin Extra headache tablets rise !

Is there a simple solution ?

Maybe, but it depends on the specification of the PC containing the faulty hardware. As it's a hardware issue, there's no simple fix to the problem ! Unfortunately, most of the early adopters of the new technology are going to have to obtain replacement hardware.

Sandy Bridge problem

Article published 12-02-2011
Thinking of buying a new PC in the near future ? Caveat Emptor !
Anyone that has recently purchased a new PC built around any of the manufacturer's P67/H67-based motherboards should already know that there is a problem with the way that they have been manufactured which over a period of time, results in worsening performance in PC systems using the faulty motherboards.
All of the main PC motherboard manufacturers, Gigabyte, MSI, and ASUS, have made announcements about the problem.
The problem affects some of Intel's 2nd generation of Core i processors, but not all of them. The problem for those that have purchased a new PC recently, is working out whether theirs is one of those that is affected.
Affected Motherboards have been available to purchase since January 9th 2011 so, if you have purchased a new PC since then, it may be worth checking out the manufacturer's web site.
The problem is not with the motherboard's processor, it's with the SATA controller which affects one type of SATA connector on the motherboard. The SATA connector is used to connect hard disk drives, optical drives and any other SATA-driven devices to the motherboard.
There are two types of SATA connector on the affected motherboards (4 x 3Gbps, and 2 x 6 Gbps) - the 6 Gbps connectors are not affected by this problem so, changing your hard disk drive from the 3Gbps to the 6Gbps SATA connector is an easy way to fix this problem however, there are only two 6 Gbps connectors on the affected boards. If you need to connect more than two SATA devices - you can't !
Purchasers of faulty systems may not notice a problem immediately in fact, it may only become apparent after some time, following periods of extended usage.
Initially, Intel announced that it had stopped distributing the affected hardware but then, announced that it has reversed this decision and has resumed distribution of the faulty hardware. Presumably, Intel has agreed to supply manufacturers (at knock-down prices), as long as they promise not to use the 3Gbps SATA connectors to connect hard disk drives and the-like, to the motherboards.
This will come as 'music' to the ears of Intel's shareholders who have been gripping their wallets since Intel made the initial announcement which could cost them as much as $700 million to fix.
My real concern is not for people who have purchased a new computer system since January the 9th 2011, it's for those people that purchase a new system in the near future - why ?
Well, should the faulty components find their way through to the 'grey' market and they usually do, they may find that their new PC doesn't run as it should and may eventually fail altogether !
Sounds to me like another load of stock to be sold on eBay or, in Turkey. As I say, "Caveat Emptor !"
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Reader's Comments
Edward Lombard
10:23 13-02-2011
This caused massive problems for me. I tried to clean it off my computer but in the end, I had to take my computer in to get rid of it. The problems were so severe that the hard disk drive had to be re-formatted and Windows re-installed.

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