Intel's disastrous start to 2011 looks as though it's now in its closing stages, as the first P67 motherboards with the B3-stepping silicon fix have finally gone on sale.
present in some of the original P67 chipsets could have degraded SATA 3Gbps performance over time, putting you at risk of data loss and even total drive failures.
According to Intel, the subsequent product replacement operation has cost the company around a billion dollars, with financial assistance being given to affected partners. However, further costs have also been indirectly passed onto other areas of the industry, with some high-end laptop manufacturers claiming the replacement operation had effectively halved their turnover
for the first quarter of this year.
However, most motherboard companies were quick to reassure customers with comprehensive board recall policies, and early adopters can now finally get their hands on a fully working Sandy Bridge motherboard.
A quick look through the motherboards section at Scan
reveals that P67 B3 motherboards from Intel, Asus, Gigabyte and MSI are all now on sale. We've got our review samples in the labs now, and we'll be reporting back on their SATA 3Gbps and 6Gbps performance in full reviews soon.
Most importantly, though, the veil of uncertainty that's shrouded the top-end PC industry for the last two months is finally lifting, and soon you'll be able to build an awesome Sandy Bridge powered PC without worrying about your hard disks dying.
Are you waiting for a P67 motherboard to be recalled? Have you been holding out for B3-silicon boards before upgrading your system? Let us know in the forums