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Gigabyte releases Sandy Bridge fault checker

Gigabyte releases Sandy Bridge fault checker

Use this free tool to see if you're at risk from Intel's Sandy Bridge chipset flaw.

Gigabyte has released a free tool that purportedly checks whether or not the SATA ports of your LGA1155 PC are affected by the Intel SATA controller fault.

Called Gigabyte 6 Series SATA Check, Gigabyte says the utility was released to ‘help our customers optimise SATA performance on their 6-series mobos’ and will tell you ‘if the SATA ports that you are using are in fact the affected Intel PCH SATA 2.0 ports.'

Usefully, the utility isn't tied solely to Gigabyte motherboards either. Gigabyte describes the app as a ‘simple program that will work on any 6-series chipset based mobo, and has three possible scenarios that offer different advice for users to configure their SATA devices.’ As such, you can safely ignore the 'For Gigabyte motherboards only' message in the screenshot opposite, making this a potentially useful tool for consumers dealing with a confusing issue regarding their shiny new LGA1155 kit.

Gigabyte confirms what most manufacturers are now saying about the fault in Intel's H67 and P67 chipsets: ‘essentially, if you’re using one or two SATA devices then this chipset issue need not affect you at all because you can connect your devices to the two white SATA 3.0 ports.

However, if you’re using three or more SATA devices, you may want to prioritise your more important devices on the white SATA 3.0 ports (e.g. the hard drive with your operating system on it), and the less important devices on the Intel PCH SATA 2.0 ports (e.g. a DVD ROM).


We should stress that this utility does not fix the problem with the chipset, but merely makes it super-easy to identify whether you’re using the affected ports of your motherboard or not. If you're affected, then you need to disconnect your SATA devices from these ports and plug them into the unaffected ports – either the SATA 6Gbps ports or any ports that are controlled by a separate SATA controller chip.

Are you running a Sandy Bridge system? If so, are you going to use this tool and just swap your drives around, or are you going to RMA your board when fixed models become available in April? Let us know in the forums.

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Showerhead 4th February 2011, 15:41 Quote
So is all this does is to tell you which port your SATA devices are connected to? If so then could you not tell by looking at the ports themselves?
Hustler 4th February 2011, 15:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by Showerhead
So is all this does is to tell you which port your SATA devices are connected to? If so then could you not tell by looking at the ports themselves?

If you've built your own system, then im sure you dont need to bother with something like this, you will already have swapped the SATA ports you are using...

This is for someone who's bought an OEM machine who doesent want to (or know how to) open up their PC....
TheQuadFather 4th February 2011, 16:41 Quote
this isnt really aimed at etheir of what you two have said, its for checking if your motherboard which a h67 or p67 chipset has a degradation issue as some do and if it does you can send it back free of charge.
I-E-D 4th February 2011, 17:07 Quote
I have my optical drive on my first SATA II port, my 2 HDD's on the SATA III ports. Thankfully I hardly use my disk drive, so performance degradation doesn't really worry me.

That said, I will be RMA'ing the second they've fixed the controllers.
Floyd 4th February 2011, 17:34 Quote
Good show Gigabyte. Not that I need this utility. Ill just return mine for a new revision board when they are available because I need more than 2 ports.
Sloth 4th February 2011, 17:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by TheQuadFather
this isnt really aimed at etheir of what you two have said, its for checking if your motherboard which a h67 or p67 chipset has a degradation issue as some do and if it does you can send it back free of charge.
I believe you've misunderstood the issue, the post above you hit the nail on the head. It just checks which SATA ports your devices are connected to.

The problem is not something which can be quickly checked by software, it's a degradation of performance on a long-term scale which was only discovered during extreme stress testing. They are all physically designed the same way and which ones will fail after years of use is largely up to chance, with 5-15% being reported by Intel. Note that no typical users (IE: Not running at the very limit for multiple hours (days?) of stress testing) have reported being affected, and likely wont for another three years when the problem develops naturally. Because of this long time to develop and random chance of it happening, all motherboards with this chipset can be RMA'd once the updated chipset becomes available.
Waynio 4th February 2011, 18:11 Quote
Damn looks like my msi p67a-gd65 is effected.
http://i433.photobucket.com/albums/qq59/waynio_2008/msip67a-gd65.png
Does it just effect the sata 2 ports or the hdd's, if it's the ports I'll possibly just get a 4 port sata card, can't be doing with a lengthy time without my rig.
But then again I'm fairly sure I'll have upgraded by the time the degradation starts to show significant issues if it is an estimated 3 years.
BradShort 4th February 2011, 18:16 Quote
All it does, from what i can see, is check if something is connected to the Sata channels 2 - onwards and displays a warning message about it not being recommended . . . well duh . . . Still thanks Gigabyte :)
Fordy 4th February 2011, 18:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by TheQuadFather
this isnt really aimed at etheir of what you two have said, its for checking if your motherboard which a h67 or p67 chipset has a degradation issue as some do and if it does you can send it back free of charge.

No Sir, what it isn't aimed at is what you just said.

I suggest you read the article - not just the title - next time before, before you comment.
l3v1ck 4th February 2011, 19:13 Quote
What's the point. In a couple of months you'll be able to get a free replacement motherboard.
From the news articles I've read it'll take a year or two at lest for the chips to degrade.
culley 5th February 2011, 15:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Waynio
Damn looks like my msi p67a-gd65 is effected.
http://i433.photobucket.com/albums/qq59/waynio_2008/msip67a-gd65.png
Does it just effect the sata 2 ports or the hdd's, if it's the ports I'll possibly just get a 4 port sata card, can't be doing with a lengthy time without my rig.
But then again I'm fairly sure I'll have upgraded by the time the degradation starts to show significant issues if it is an estimated 3 years.

I'm guessing you have 2 HDD and 1 DVD drive.

Put the hard drives on port 0 and 1 and then put your dvd drive on port 2,3,4 or 5.
Waynio 5th February 2011, 15:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by culley
I'm guessing you have 2 HDD and 1 DVD drive.

Put the hard drives on port 0 and 1 and then put your dvd drive on port 2,3,4 or 5.

Correct.

Yeah I'd better prioritise the importance of my drives giving them to the sata 3 ports, I currently have 5 hdd, 1 ssd & an optical connected & operating so come to think of it that checking app isn't picking up on the other 2 sata 3 ports. Once I switch my gear into the case I'm working on it'll be 6 hdd, 1 ssd & optical.

I think if I can get the board replaced within like 2 days then I'll do that when/if they offer to have them changed, but if it's like a week or more then I won't bother.

Fairly gutting this news as my 2500k @ 4.5ghz rocks & the temps are ridiculously low :D.

Is it right you can't connect an optical to the sata 3 ports?.
Wicked_Sludge 5th February 2011, 16:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by Waynio
so come to think of it that checking app isn't picking up on the other 2 sata 3 ports.

thats because its only scanning the P67 ports. your other 2 sata3 ports are on a different controller and wont be effected.

currently have just an optical drive plugged into the sata2 ports on my fiancees rig, its been trouble free. it also seems we've been lucky with no weird BIOS related issues so far on the board. everything pretty much just works
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