Weekend tech reading: Ivy Bridge uses H67 and P67 chipsets

By on February 6, 2011, 3:11 PM
Ivy Bridge 22nm works with H67 and P67 Intel finally came to its senses to use the same socket and make the 22nm Ivy Bridge pin and software compatible to Sandy Bridge x67 boards, and this happens to be the chipset that is affected with a huge embarrassment and SATA 2 recall bug. Now that is ironic. Fudzilla

Motorola's new 15 seconds of anti-Apple 1984 ad If you had thought, or even hoped, that a Motorola ad released earlier this week, railing at Apple's alleged controlling of the world, was the real thing, then you will be disappointed. However, if you live your life believing that Apple's bells, whistles, balls, and chains prevent you from walking and thinking, you may rejoice a little more. CNET

Throwing away your old computer just got harder in Europe New rules on disposing of your old laptop, printer or mobile phone look set to come into force in the European Union. The European Parliament on Thursday voted to pass stricter laws on how the bloc deals with electronic and electrical equipment waste. ITworld

Is it getting more stressful to work in IT? Feeling stressed at work? Could be a good thing, especially if you're in IT. Anxiety levels for all Americans have been rising steadily for decades, to the point that 28 percent of Americans will suffer some level of diagnosable anxiety disorder during their lives, most more than once. ITworld

Doing the outsourcing Except for a few odd jobs, I had been out of work for nine months when I was offered a job setting up an offshore help desk, with the possibility of more such work to follow. I want to refuse. My fatherís auto-industry job was outsourced, and I donít feel right helping co-workers lose their I.T. jobs. The NY Times

Internet piracy boosts anime sales, study concludes A prestigious economics think-tank of the Japanese Government has published a study which concludes that online piracy of anime shows actually increases sales of DVDs. The conclusion stands in sharp contrast with the entertainment industry's claims... TorrentFreak

Gigabyte releases tool that checks if SATA devices are affected by faulty Intel chipset Gigabyte has released a free tool that supposedly checks if the SATA ports you are using are affected by the Intel 6 series chipset flaw. VR-Zone

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princeton princeton said:

Told you guys it would. Why is everyone saying "finally came to their senses?" Intel has NEVER changed the socket on a tick release. Only on the tock releases.

Also It's nice that gigabyte released that tool. Then you can test if your board is degrading so you don't need to send it in.

Win7Dev said:

My thought is that same socket = cheaper upgrades... Buying only a processor is cheaper than getting a whole new motherboard and processor and depending on how much of an upgrade it is, new ram. I think anyone who hasn't gotten a sandy-bridge processor yet should plan on waiting toward the end of the year or early next year for an ivy bridge model.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Also It's nice that gigabyte released that tool. Then you can test if your board is degrading so you don't need to send it in.

I'm not 100% sure this app is going to give a definitive answer unless the drive connected to the SATA port/controller is known to be in A1 condition. I think the Gigabyte app is similar (if not based upon) HD Tune, so the application is basically testing the drive and port -either of which could return a failing result.

I would assume that the utility will show a number errors in much the same way that HD Tune will show Ultra DMA CMC Error's (which usually signifies a bad SATA cable, connection or controller)

If you got a less than stellar result and the drive(s) are known good then you can be pretty certain that the controller is at fault, but if the drives' health status is relatively unknown then it would pay to run a diagnostic on it/them.

I'm assuming that the Gigabyte utility isn't as comprehensive as HD Tune.

EDIT: Lab501 (translated) have a brief article on using HD Tune to check Cougar Point chipsets for the design flaw.

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