D'oh. It appears that the new Intel Sandy Bridge chipset has a flaw that can't be fixed with firmware or software. The issue has required a silicon redesign to fix and some systems shipped before the issue was discovered meaning that there are some Sandy Bridge machines in the wild already that will suffer from the issue.
As far as silicon issues go, it could be worse. The affected machines will continue to work, the issue is with the SATA controller and performance will degrade over time. That means that while your rig might be fast right now, a year or so down the road things could be totally different with IO performance.
Intel is seeing some significant recalls in its future. The chipmaker has reduced expected revenue by $300 million to fix the issue and make the new version of the chipset design. The issue is specifically with the Intel 6 Series chipset known as Cougar Point. The total cost to repair and replace materials and systems on the market already is expected to hit $700 million. Intel doesn't expect the chipset issue to significantly impact its full year revenue. Intel expects to resume P67 chipset shipments in late February and meet full demand by March or April.
We like a good unboxing video of a new gadget or computer around these parts. The latest notebook to get the unboxing treatment comes our way via NetbookNews and is the Toshiba NB550D. The notebook gets power from an AMD C-50 CPU running at 1GHz. It has a 10.1-inch screen like most netbooks do.
Graphics for the little machine are via Radeon HD 6250 and the APU used inside the rig promises to perform better than the Atom-based netbooks we generally see. The NB550D is a nice looking little machine with hints of green and a rubberized finish that keeps fingerprints away.
The notebook has a pair of Harmon Kardon speakers built-in, which is nice considering how anemic most netbook sound systems are. The machine has HDMI out and a lot more features as well. The worst thing about this notebook is that it will only be in Europe and won't head to the US. It will sell for about $450 in the EU. Check out the video below.
The latest happenings from around the web - January 31st, 2011
- Unboxing of the Toshiba NB550D with AMD C-50 and Harman/Kardon Speakers @ Netbooknews
- Lenovo IdeaPad U260 12.5" Laptop @ Techspot
- Gigabyte GA-X58-USB3 @ Overclockers Club
- Sapphire Pure Black X58 @ Pureoverclock
- ASUS P8P67 EVO Motherboard @ OCIA
- ASUS Maximus IV Extreme @ Ocaholic
- MSI P67A-GD65 Motherboard @ Overclock3D
- Silentium! - MSI R6870 Twin Frozr II OC @ HT4U
Our Download of the Day today is Rainlendar 2.9 Beta 102.
Rainlendar is a customizable calendar that displays the current month. It is a very lightweight application that doesn't use much system resources or take much space on your desktop.
Small and lightweight
Different type events can have different appearence
Supports Windows transparency
Synchronizes events between several clients
Localized for multiple languages
Shows an alarm when an event is due
Supports iCal files.
Shows Outlook's appointments
Includes a todo-list
Works also as Litestep plugin
Displays the current date in tray icon
Can stick to the desktop (i.e. doesn't hide with Show Desktop)
Hotkeys for quick access
Easy skinning with an UI
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The new son of Krypton is, Henry Cavill. Warner Bros and Zack Synder (of Watchmen and 300 fame) are rebooting Superman and have finally cast The Man of Steel. The company sent out a press release this morning announcing it.
There are no hard details on the movie yet, but the casting is now done for the main character and from the above photoshopped image, it doesn't look too bad at all! Hopefully they're smart in their casting of Lois, Zod, Luthor, etc.
Nothing is going to stop these hackers, but Sony doesn't care. They are pumping out firmware like it's nothing and are now up to 3.56. This "security patch" is an attempt to keep hackers from executing unsigned code that allows homebrew programs to run, as well as pirated games and online games to be backed.
But, the new firmware was unpacked within hours but may be a little while away before the firmware is completely cracked. Those who are running hacked firmware are obviously being told not to update. Sony are continuing to keep people out of their system but the hackers are persistant. No one really wins from this and console sales from hacked systems can show that companies can still make money.
ASRock has now surpassed ECS and MSI in motherboard shipments for 2010. Impressive. ASRock shipped eight million retail motherboards last year and are set to become quite the thread in the high-end market.
ECS and MSI each shipped roughly seven million retail motherboards last year, but with large OEM orders either company would suffer from losing their market position to ASRock. ASRock still has quite the hill to climb to catch up to Gigabyte and Asus with 18 million and 21.6 million boards sold last year respectively.
Samsung has sold 2 million Galaxy Tabs since it's October debut into the market. The Galaxy Tab is available through 200 mobile carriers across 94 countries worldwide. Europe shipped 500, 000 units, North America with 350, 000 and Asia with around 330, 000 units.
Samsung has said consumer demand for the Galaxy Tab has outpaced it's supply in most countries. In comparison Apple sold 7.33 million iPads in the October to December period. Samsung is not taking this easily though, with an announcement of the Galaxy Tab 2 at the Mobile World Congress next month.
Logitech Australia has just announced that consumers are able to get a 100% cash back offer on selected Logitech products. During the month of February, Australian consumers can get a full cash back on various Logitech products. Logitech has set a $300, 000 budget for returning the cost of the purchase back to the customer.
When customers purchase a participating product they will be directed to a website to lodge a claim and will be reimbursed for the full amount of the product. Five separate claims per household.