Leading Makers of Mainboards Begin to Ship Updated Mainboards for Intel’s Latest Chips

Asus, Gigabyte Begin to Ship Intel 6-Series Mainboards with B3 Stepping Chip

by Anton Shilov
02/25/2011 | 10:00 PM

Asustek Computer and Gigabyte Technology have announced that they had begun shipments of mainboards and other devices powered by the B3 stepping of Intel 6-series core-logic set. The new motherboards and other products fix the issues with Serial ATA controllers discovered by Intel Corp. back in January.

 

“Asus is happy to announce that updated Intel 6 series-based motherboards will begin shipping [on the 7th] week, immediately after the revised design is released by Intel. This fast response aims to prevent any further inconvenience and interruption to customers,” a statement by Asus reads. Asustek also began shipping desktops and notebooks with the new stepping of Intel’s latest chipset for Core i-series “Sandy Bridge” microprocessors.

“Gigabyte announced that [it had] begun shipping the totally redesigned Gigabyte 6-series motherboards featuring the new Intel B3 stepping chipsets. Motherboards are expected to be available as early as next week, when shipments start to clear customs offices in markets around the world,” said Gigabyte.

Other leading makers of mainboards, including Asrock, Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) and MicroStar International (MSI) have notified that they are about the start shipping mainboards powered by the B3 stepping of Intel Cougar Point core-logic.

In late January Intel said that it had discovered a design flaw inside its 6-series chipsets for desktops, notebooks and servers. According to Intel, Serial ATA-300 ports of the core-logic could degrade performance over time, but the SATA-600 ports were unaffected.