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Old 02-10-2011, 11:30 PM
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Default Intel Wants to Sell You This Bridge

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/08/intels-partners-can-resume-shipping-sandy-bridge-laptops-if/' target='_blank'>http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/08/...dge-laptops-if/</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"Fret not, to-be Sandy Bridge buyer -- it looks as if the laptop delays won't be as severe as expected. According to Intel, it's working hard (read: coercing) with OEMs to keep Sandy Bridge laptops flowing from the factory, and apparently, that involves a pinky swear that partners won't utilize the four affected ports. "</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/dht/auto/1297373254.usr20447.jpg" style="border: 0px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>In case you have not heard, Intel admitted to a flaw in its 6 Series Chipset which supports Sandy Bridge.&nbsp; Over time, some of the computers using the 6 Series could see a degredation of performance over its 3Gb/s SATA ports.&nbsp; So, a recall is born and manufacturers eager to sell some high performance love are forced to wait.&nbsp; Or are they?&nbsp; Laptops usually only come with two SATA devices built into them, and the 6 Series Chipset does have two ports (the 6Gb/s SATA ports) which work as advertised.&nbsp; So instead of tossing all these hardware, why not make use of it?&nbsp;</p><p>I have seen many complaints and people swearing off buying these laptops, considering them broken from the start, but I have to wonder how many regular users would be affected by such a choice.&nbsp; Yes, there are laptops that come with eSATA, but most people I know still opt to use a network, or USB to handle their external storage needs.&nbsp; Considering the potential waste (even the effort to recycle a laptop motherboard is costly) resulting from this recall, it sounds like a fair compromise.</p><p>What do you think?&nbsp; Is Intel making lemonade, or lemons?</p>
 
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Old 02-11-2011, 12:50 AM
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I think this is a compromise that makes a lot of sense. The laptops have SATA ports on them that aren't going to get used, so as long as the ones that do need to get used (hard drive + optical drive + eSATA) are OK, it's not a big deal as far as I'm concerned.

I say bring on the Sandy Bridge laptops!
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Old 02-11-2011, 03:23 AM
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Notebooks are fine, since they usually have two drives at most. Desktops on the other hand...

Not to mention the RMA process for a notebook is easier than a desktop.
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