Intel discovers Sandy Bridge chipset flaw

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Intel’s latest generation of chipsets supporting the new Sandy Bridge processors suffer from a potentially serious flaw where the SATA ports could degrade over time:

    Intel discovered a design issue in the 6-Series chipset, which is code-named Cougar Point, and is used in systems with Sandy Bridge processors, which started shipping on Jan. 9. Intel said the Serial-ATA (SATA) ports within the chipsets could degrade over time, which could impact performance or functionality of storage devices such as hard drives.

Intel will deliver an updated version of the 6-series chipset in late February.

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