Intel yesterday made quite an impact around the Web, but not in a good way. The company of course announced that most of its shipped H67/P67 chipsets include a SATA-related fault, and immediately, news sites all over reported on it, and consumers who either just built a Sandy Bridge rig, or had plans to, were hit with whiplash, unsure of what to do.
We’ve contacted the leading motherboard vendors to see what their plans were in handling this situation, but unfortunately, none of them have a clear answer right now, and none of them wanted us to talk about what we were told.
The general consensus, though, is that all of these leading board vendors are working hard in figuring out the best way to tackle this problem, and all of them are taking it very seriously. To make sure that things like RMA’s are made easier, all of these companies have been diligently working with Intel to figure out the best gameplan.
All of these companies can agree on one thing, though… there’s nothing to worry about right now. While the chipsets do have a fault, the chances of you experiencing an issue is small, and for those that will, it shouldn’t happen for months and months. So you can feel confident in continuing to use your new rig for the time-being, while these companies iron out the important details.
I specifically asked these companies whether or not consumers should rush to RMA or return their board or hold onto them, and no surprise, we weren’t told anything. Despite that, I’d say it’s still safe to hold onto your boards for the time-being, and as Sandy Bridge hasn’t even been available for a month, chances are good that these companies will have no problem RMAing their boards given the low-impact number (and the fact that Intel might use some of its cash to reimburse them).
Once we have more information on this, we’ll post a follow-up.