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Tuesday, 22 February 2011 10:40

Dozens of Sandy Bridge B3-stepping boards listed

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Still a few weeks away
More than 30 Sandy Bridge motherboards based on the new B-3 stepping are currently listed in Europe, but none of them are actually available.

It will take a few weeks for vendors to ship them in any significant volumes and most people in the know expect them in early April. Vendors don’t appear to have gone to great lengths to yank bug ridden 6-series boards from retail and many of them, including major players like Asus, Gigabyte and MSI are still available. Some shops even carry Intel boards.

To distinguish new boards based on bug-free chips from the old ones, most companies have introduced the “B3” or “Rev.3” moniker in the designation, so they shouldn’t be hard to spot. We guess Intel will also push vendors to clearly distinguish the B3 boards, with new designations, stickers or box designs.
Last modified on Tuesday, 22 February 2011 14:23
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+11 #1 BernardP 2011-02-22 13:14
I will feel more confident if I see the new designation etched on the board itself, and not only on a sticker slapped on the box.

Trust issues? For this, yes. It seems too tempting to solve the problem with a sticker on the existing product and deal with eventual failure down the line, after the warranty expires.
 
 
+11 #2 Kob 2011-02-22 14:46
Quoting BernardP:
I will feel more confident if I see the new designation etched on the board itself, and not only on a sticker slapped on the box...
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Regardless of any etched designation, I bet the chinese have already bought ship loads of B2 boards, re-branded them and are now waiting for the gates to open.
 
 
+5 #3 TheDude 2011-02-22 15:22
Quoting BernardP:
I will feel more confident if I see the new designation etched on the board itself, and not only on a sticker slapped on the box.

Trust issues? For this, yes. It seems too tempting to solve the problem with a sticker on the existing product and deal with eventual failure down the line, after the warranty expires.


Etched or a sticker, if Intel/vendors are going to be dishonest about the fixed chipset then it doesn't matter which one they use.
 

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