Rumour: Intel discovers Sandy Bridge E bug

Written by Paul Goodhead

October 4, 2011 // 2:33 p.m.

Tags: #2011-bug #intel #intel-bug #intel-lga2011 #lga2011 #lga2011-bug #x79-bug #x79-price

Intel is reportedly having problems with a VT-d bug in its forthcoming LGA2011-based Sandy Bridge E processors, which are expected to be launched later this year.

According to VR-Zone, the issue has forced Intel to quickly develop a C2 stepping of the processors with a bug fix applied, although these aren’t likely to hit retailers until after the launch - possibly even running into next year.

The bug affects the processors' I/O virtualisation abilities, which isn’t likely to be much of a problem for home users (breathe a large sigh of relief). However, it will be a concern for businesses that that tend to take advantage of VT-d features much more often.

On a related note, VR-Zone also claims that Intel has increased the cost of its X79 chipset by 20 per cent over the cost of the X58 chipset it replaces. This mean that the chipset alone could retail for somewhere in the region of $70.

If true, this is likely to lead to some seriously expensive X79 motherboards, although this isn’t much of a surprise when you consider that LGA2011 has always been billed as a premium platform.

Do you make use of Intel VT-d technology? Is Intel being cheeky with its pricing structure? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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