A problem requiring a “silicon fix” is bad news in the chipset business, and sadly that’s what Intel is announcing. Its new Intel 6 Series chipset, Cougar Point, has been found to have a flaw, something to do with the SATA controller. Intel is indicating that the ports can “degrade over time,” leading to poor i/o performance down the road. All shipments have been stopped and a fix has been implemented for new deliveries, but it sounds like recalls will be starting soon for those with this ticking time bomb silicon within. It isn’t a critical problem right now, though, so if you own a Sandy Bridge Core i5 or Core i7 system keep computing with confidence while looking for a recall notice, but it is bad news for Intel’s bottom line: the company is advising a $300 million hit to revenue.

FamilyProcessor NumberCode Name
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processori7-2655LESandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processori7-2610UESandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i5 Mobile Processori5-2540MSandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i5 Mobile Processori5-2520MSandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processori7-2620MSandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i3 Desktop Processori3-2100Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i3 Desktop Processori3-2100TSandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i3 Desktop Processori3-2120Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processori5-2390TSandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i5 Mobile Processori5-2510ESandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processori7-2629MSandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processori7-2649MSandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processori7-2657MSandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processori7-2617MSandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i5 Mobile Processori5-2537MSandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i5 Mobile Processori5-2515ESandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processori7-2720QMSandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processori5-2300Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processori5-2400Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processori5-2400SSandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processori5-2500Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processori5-2500KSandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processori5-2500SSandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processori5-2500TSandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Desktop Processori7-2600Sandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Desktop Processori7-2600KSandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Desktop Processori7-2600SSandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processori7-2630QMSandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processori7-2820QMSandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processor Extreme Editioni7-2920XMSandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processori7-2635QMSandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processori7-2710QESandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processori7-2715QESandy Bridge
Intel® Core™ i3 Mobile Processori3-2310ESandy Bridge

Source: engadget