Intel Sandy Bridge Recall: List of Affected Models Estimation

By Alan Ng - Feb 1, 2011

We have some important information to bring you now, as it has been revealed that computer giants Intel have had to stop production and recall their newest line of processors, which are codenamed Sandy Bridge.

This is a major headache for the company, as the new line of chips were leading up to a full release to retail stores, but it’s understood that Intel have had to stop all work on the chips, as they regroup to work out the consequences of the design defect discovered in one of the support chips for Intel Series 6, which has a codename of Cougar Point.

The bad news, is that Intel have already sent out thousands of chips to manufacturers, who have already started shipping desktops and notebooks with the faulty chips inside to select customers, although the company are yet to give out official figures and exact details on which models have been shipped out. It looks like Intel and manufacturers are going to have to work together to identify which models are affected by this problem, before consumers go on the rampage.

Some details over at Reuters have revealed that Intel believe that only a ‘relatively small’ number of chips are affected by the design defect, with Reuters reporting that 8 million chips have been shipped to manufacturers so far.

What are your thoughts on this situation? Are you one of the unfortunate ones to have splashed out on a premium desktop or notebook with the defect chip inside? You can read Intel’s official press release on the situation here if you require more information.

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  • Ack

    I have an i7 2600 and the processor is perfectly fine. It's the P67 and H67 chipsets on the boards; more specifically the SATA controller as mentioned above. This has nothing to do with the functionality of the processor itself. There is no recall on the processing units.

    And really, at this point, I am still able to use the motherboard until Newegg supplies me with another. It's only the 3Gb/Sec SATA ports that have issues with data degradation over time; the 6Gb/sec ports work fine.

    Isn't it funny how the media always trips over its own feet and ties its own tongue?

  • JimboMegaHertz

    If it is just the motherboard, then why did NewEgg pull all 5 versions of their sandy bridge CPU's off the market as well as the P67 motherboards?

    Is this SATA issue related to the controller circuit in the CPU that handles the information coming in from the Motherboard Sata connectors?

    • sam

      because you cant use the second gen CPU's on the first gen MOBo's so it would make sence to remove the second gen cpu's when they remove the MOBO's like the P67

  • Truck

    Ha, yeah I second the first comment. Get the story right or move back to China to spread your propaganda.

  • Trevor

    Well it would be nice if you at least got the story correct. The defect is not in the Processors which are perfectly fine, it's in one of the support chips on the MOTHERBOARD. They have stopped production on the chipset, not the processors

    The recall will be the recall of motherboards not the actual processors. I think it's important in a recall situation that you at least get right the actual products that are to be recalled.