Intel had launched it’s new processor architecture Sandy Bridge last month at CES ’11. The Sandy Bridge architecture processor has
an improved on-board graphics module and the chip can attain speeds of upto 3.8GHz all thanks to a new technology called Turbo Boost.
However there seems to have been a glitch as Intel announced that it has found out an anomaly in the 6-series chipset that is to be used in the Sandy Bridge processor family. The flaw is that the Serial-ATA (SATA) ports within the chipsets may degrade over time which might affect the performance or functionality of SATA-linked devices such as hard disk drives and DVD-drives.
Intel has ordered a callback on this defective chipset and has stopped any further shipment of the affected chip.
Intel is already working on rectifying the flaw and a rectified version of the support chip will begin shipping from late February, 2011. As a consumer you should be worried only if you have already purchased a PC with a Sandy Bridge processor. The chance of this being very low as Sandy Bridge products started shipping only since January 9, this year.