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B3 chipset lands in CeBIT 2011

Growing up in the cold war meant that B1 and B2 conjured up images of supersonic bombers capable of delivering both nuclear and conventional payloads, great distances. At CeBIT 2011, the characters ‘B’ and ‘3’ combined to make something altogether more attractive. KitGuru puts down the mustard and investigates.

No one living on the planet would have missed the total recall issued by Intel at the start of 2011.

In a move reminiscent of the one Arsenal pulled in the 88th minute to lose at Wembley, Intel’s engineers managed to miss a minor fault on the slower hard drive controls (Cougar Point).

Ever since, it has been a mad scramble to get the revised chipsets, codenamed B3, into production and over to the mainboard manufacturers in the Far East.

Here at CeBIT 2011, the big guns like MSI and Asus have next generation boards on display with the new B3 chipset.

Before B3 there was only the P67 boards with questionable slow SATA connections

OK, so it’s been fixed, but there may still be dodgy boards out there. So what should you look for on the new boxes when they arrive in the local tech stores?

Courtesy of VR Zone, here’s a neat cut out of the important graphic.

The latest Intel B3 chipset Sandy Bridge boards will carry stickers, like this, in prominent positions.

KitGuru says: Crisis over, sky not necessarily falling down. Expect mass production to increase like an F15 taking off.

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