Intel ships B3 Stepping P67 Chipset February 14

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Intel is close to ready to ship the updated Cougar Point (P67/H67) chipset. The silicon giant claims that it will be in a position to start shipping B3 stepping of Cougar Point chipsetsĀ from 14 February, to OEM partners.

Cougar Point B3 will carry the following changes/features:

  • Revision ID will change from 04h to 05h
  • BIOS Update (Revision 1.1.4 of the BIOS Specification Update and Reference Code)
  • B3 stepping package is pin compatible with B2 stepping package
  • Minor metal layer change from B2 to B3 improving lifetime wear out with no changes to functionality or design specifications
The last bullet point confirms and identifies the fix for the SATA 3 Gb/s port defect issue. Once the motherboard ODMs get their hands on it, expect another month before you can see the fixed redistributed products in retail.

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