MSI postpones shipments of GT680 laptops amidst recent Sandy Bridge flaws
The recently discovered design problem in the new Sandy Bridge chipset is bound to send computer companies squirming to offer refunds or fixes on many of their products that have the defective Intel chipset. According to Fudzilla, MSI will be halting production a number of their Sandy Bridge-based products, including the recently released GT680 laptop, until further investigations on how many of their products have been affected. Until then, current owners of the GT680 will have to wait until MSI can offer a solution to those customers.
The discovered defect on the Intel Sandy Bridge design impacts the performance of devices that are connected through SATA, including hard drives and disc drives. The design issue degrades a specific location on the chipset overtime, which eventually leads to devices connected through SATA to be unrecognizable by the computer. This flaw is only concerned with the Intel i6 mainboard series that carry the Sandy Bridge processor, and so the processor themselves are not faulty nor is the problem present in every shipped Sandy Bridge chipset.