Intel’s Sandy Bridge platform encountered a design flaw when it was first released back in January, which quickly led to a massive recall by Intel on the affected chipsets. The issue was not with the sandy bridge processors but with the cougar point chipset which powers the sandy bridge processors. The affected chipsets were the H67 and P67, with the issue relating to the SATA 3Gb/s ports. Overtime they are prone to corruption and ultimately leading to a failure on the ports. The ports mainly affected ports 2 through 5 while Ports 0 and 1 which are the 6Gb/s ports were unaffected.
Intel has since resolved this issue and has started releasing the new B3 stepping to the manufactures and they have started pumping out the revised boards to retailers.
The first shipment of these boards arrived a few days ago and I managed to get myself a P8P67 Ultimate board and I have started work on Project Sandy Bridge. with the Intel Core i7 2600k processor and 8GBs of G.Skill RAM. so far the system is running great! though I still only have the 5770 video card. I will be getting the 6800 or 6900 series GPU soon enough. A new case hopefully the Corsair Obsidian 650D case and perhaps another 8GB kit to make that 16GB of RAM. Overkill I know, but I’d rather get the same kit of RAM I already have while they still make them. After tI get the 650D case I will install the H70 Corsair cooler I got and maybe some overclocking..
I am still debating whether or not to invest in the Vertex 3 when they come out or wait for the second batch so that they can fix the initial batch problems if there are any. lol 120GB Vertex 3 is going to be around 300 dollars.. that is quite the investment. but it will be worth it 500MB/s read and write.. :p 2 of those on RAID 0 and the machine will be flying!! 😀