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Fixed Sandy Bridge chipset ‘begins shipping’

Fixed Sandy Bridge chipset ‘begins shipping’

The fixed silicon is shipping now, so expect Sandy Bridge laptops and motherboards in a month or so.

DigiTimes reports that Intel has already started shipping fixed B3-stepping 6-series Sandy Bridge chipsets to ‘first-tier makers’ of laptops and motherboards. It’s therefore expected that these companies will ‘unveil their Sandy Bridge-based models at the end of the month.

This was the expected time-frame that Intel quoted when the story of the Intel Sandy Bridge chipset flaw first broke, and indicates that production of Sandy Bridge motherboards should be in full swing by April.

DigiTimes also has some details of what Sandy Bridge product to expect first, courtesy of Toshiba's distributor in Taiwan. ‘Toshiba will unveil its Sandy Bridge-powered notebooks in Taipei on February 23,' claims the site, 'with the products to be available starting mid-March.'

This also fits with what our sources have told us about the new B3-stepping chipset – that laptop manufacturers are getting a larger share of them than motherboards makers. This is possibly due to the fact that laptops have to go through more QA processes and testing (for keyboards, screens, hinges and so on) than motherboards.

Acer and Asustek Computer [typically referred to as Asus] are also expected to begin shipping Sandy Bridge notebooks in mid-March,’ claims DigiTimes. We expect motherboards using the new B3 silicon from the big three manufacturers to be on sale around the same time, or possibly a week or two later.

Gigabyte is expected to use specific branding to highlight boards using the B3 silicon, probably using a shield motif with some text to denote the B3 stepping, and MSI has already shared its B3 logo. We contacted Asus to see if it had any similar plans, but were told it had nothing to share at this point. We expect an announcement soon, however.

Via The Tech Report's Pluto Day Shortbread.

It looks as though everything is on track regarding the Sandy Bridge fix, but is it still too late for you? Let us know in the forums.

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Floyd 18th February 2011, 12:50 Quote
I was never really worried about my P67 board "failing" but I cant wait to get a B3 installed so I dont have any worries years down the line.
raxonb 18th February 2011, 12:53 Quote
A friend of mine has had the Asus N73 for a couple of weeks now. Is there a way of knowing if his lappy is affected?
Nikumba 18th February 2011, 13:21 Quote
Laptops should normally be ok as this only effected ports 2 and 3 i belive and most laptops will only use 0 and 1.
THough I am sure Asus would have a support document somewhere
SimonStern 18th February 2011, 22:37 Quote
I'm looking forward to the Z boards, hope those are still on track for April, could go for a nice sandy bridge desktop build and a sandy bridge laptop too :)
Kasius 19th February 2011, 15:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by SimonStern
I'm looking forward to the Z boards, hope those are still on track for April, could go for a nice sandy bridge desktop build and a sandy bridge laptop too :)

x2

It's been a longggg wait :(
ooey 21st February 2011, 18:49 Quote
I wonder if scan etc will let us upgrade to a z board? I suppose if it costs more they will
Wicked_Sludge 21st February 2011, 20:01 Quote
sorry for my ignorance, but what exactly is so special about the z series boards thats got everyone wanting to upgrade?
dangak 21st February 2011, 20:30 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wicked_Sludge
sorry for my ignorance, but what exactly is so special about the z series boards thats got everyone wanting to upgrade?

+1



At least I can have the peace of mind that something's not going to die in a few years... I just hope that Asus and MSI will do advance replacements!
Dae314 22nd February 2011, 03:09 Quote
Yay sandybridge laptops :D I was hoping that they would start coming out by this summer b/c I wanna buy one to upgrade from this thing I have now ^^. I hope they get some with good graphics out soon =x.
Kasius 22nd February 2011, 13:17 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by dangak
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wicked_Sludge
sorry for my ignorance, but what exactly is so special about the z series boards thats got everyone wanting to upgrade?

+1

I'm interested in the ssd caching.. Although i'm not sure it's worth waiting to jump on board initially and i'm equally unsure whether i can wait untill April, seeing as these revised (B3) P67 boards are impending i might just wait for those to hit the shelves.
xinaes 23rd February 2011, 12:45 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wicked_Sludge
sorry for my ignorance, but what exactly is so special about the z series boards thats got everyone wanting to upgrade?

Basic difference I see is that it allows you to both overclock and use IGP.
shadow 25th February 2011, 09:02 Quote
"Gigabyte is expected to use specific branding to highlight boards using the B3 silicon, probably using a shield motif with some text to denote the B3 stepping"

indeed, i have just found it:
http://forum.giga-byte.co.uk/index.php/topic,4334.msg36577.html#msg36577
Wicked_Sludge 25th February 2011, 15:56 Quote
and they added -B3 to the model number?

or is that just a different model than my UD3?
shadow 28th February 2011, 14:01 Quote
yes they did, so it's totally model for instance P67A-UD3-B3:
http://uk.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3765#ov
Wicked_Sludge 1st March 2011, 04:00 Quote
so, this is interesting. Egg put up a bunch of open box 1155 boards today. is newegg re-selling defective boards returned under the recall? can they do that? especially without some type of disclaimer?

EDIT: and now, a few hours after posting...they are gone! WTF is going on here?
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