PCs to ship with add-in card
Last week Intel announced that it was going to resume shipments of the mainboard using the defective Sandy Bridge chipset that has been making news over the last month. The shipments will resume per requests from its partners according to Intel with some caveats.
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Intel requires that the affected SATA ports not be used. Maingear is one of the partners that will be shipping machines using the defective chipsets and is talking about its solution. The solution is an add-in card for the x1 PCI-e slot that the mainboard has that adds in four SATA ports that aren’t affected by the issue.
The board in the example has two additional ports that aren’t affected by the IO problem either. The only drawback I see here is that people not following the issue might buy one of these rigs and try to upgrade in the future using the empty ports that are defective. For most folks the work around with the add-in card will be just fine.