Fixed Sandy Bridge chipsets back on the market

Motherboard manufacturer MSI claims to have got its hands on the newly fixed version of Intel’s Sandy Bridge chipset.

Fixed Sandy Bridge chipsets back on the market

Intel announced a worldwide recall of the Cougar Point chipsets at the end of last month, after a flaw was discovered with the chipset’s SATA 3Gb/s controllers.

At the time, Intel said it would take until the end of February to get new silicon back into the market.

Intel appears to have been as good as its word, with MSI trumpeting the fact that it has supplies of the new B3 stepping.

The company claims it’s already begun to repair and replace motherboards affected by the recall. It will place a “MSI B3 Stepping Ready” sticker on motherboards being sent to retailers, so that consumers can be sure they’ve got a fully working model.

Intel originally recalled all of the Cougar Point chipsets, but later relented and allowed PC makers to sell the flawed chipsets, provided they disabled the faulty SATA controllers.

The emergence of B3 stepping chipsets may encourage motherboard manufacturers to discard their B2 supplies and press ahead with the trouble-free chipsets.

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