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Looking to buy a higher-end Windows 7 laptop, but I'm concerned about the issue with the Intel Sandy Bridge chipset. Otherwise, my price range covers laptops within the latest (Sandy Bridge) generation of the Core i7 family.

I understand that there is an issue with SATA ports 2-5 and I use a Windows Home Server over a WiFi connection to share files and backup my PC (transfers probably average 3gb per day between these two devices). The other storage devices that I will use (less frequently) are the built-in DVD-RW disc drive and various devices hooked up to the USB ports (i.e. Android devices, iPod, etc.). The question: Will this setup be negatively impacted by the problem Intel reported about Sandy Bridge? Given this information, is it unwise to purchase a laptop that has this flaw?

I really don't know how to determine whether a device is SATA driven or not, so hoping someone can shed some light on this too. Thanks!

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Just an FYI: It seems that this issue has been resolved. Am having a 2nd generation i7 laptop shipped on 4/7/11. Thanks for everyone's help! –  joelhaus Apr 2 '11 at 19:56
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Virtually all normal drives bought now are SATA drives, so yes, it is possible for the Sandy Bridge issue to affect the speed of your storage.

But I would contact the vendor you want to buy your laptop from and ask them when it's 'safe' to buy a Sandy Bridge-based laptop. You might need to dig through their layers of sales reps to get to a manager who knows what they are talking about, but they should be able to give you a pretty specific time frame on when the updated Sandy Bridge-based laptops will ship.

They might even be willing to sell you a 'faulty' laptop and guarantee to swap it out when the new versions become available. But I wouldn't count on it.

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All reputable dealers have stopped selling PCs that are affected by the Sandy Bridge problem.

You could either wait for the problem to be resolved, or buy a somewhat older model.

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Will be late April or early March before the revised Cougar Point chip is available for sale in products. –  Moab Feb 5 '11 at 17:49
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