Dude, I literally have a brand new comp (2x580 GTX, asus pro mobo, H80, nice corsair case, 16gb ram, 850W TX psu, 256gb SSD) just sitting next to my desk. Everything is assembled but I'm missing the CPU. Very frustrating... I thought they were supposed to start shipping the C2 stepping 3930k today from the articles ive read.
Right now there is a worldwide shortage on the Intel® Core i7-3930K, it is estimated that there may be a trickle hitting some of the OLRs (Online Retailers) around work week 05 or work week 06 (in other words late January or early February).
Right now there is a worldwide shortage on the Intel® Core™ i7-3930K, it is estimated that there may be a “trickle” hitting some of the OLRs (Online Retailers) around work week 05 or work week 06 (in other words late January or early February).
The stepping change document said that 20th of January was an estimation that retailers would be receiving inventory of the c2 processors as well as c1 being sold out. So basically it means that they should be hitting newegg very soon if the estimation was correct, and hopefully on Monday as its the beginning of the work week. Since newegg has been sold out forever i assume their next shipment should be c2 steppings. Just have to play the waiting game i guess.
Im going to ask for a warranty because Intel did NOT officially tell me through my sales representative at Microcenter nor did I receive any documented attempts of Intel letting me know that the C1 chips were flawed in anyway.
I personallly depended on them providing the VT-d extensions as was advertised on the ARK before the product was released. I do heavy VM environment testing with my box and regularly load VMware ESX to test interoperability and load balancing between servers.
They better warranty this chip.
Not a good reason for "I told you so" because I surf these tech blogs does and that not make me at fault for purchasing a product that was flawed at release. I did not catch the flaw before I made my purchase unfortunately.
Good luck to those in my boat. Of course if you do NOT plan on using VT-d extensions the C1 chips are going to remain perfect for you. If you thinking they will overclock better, I have no idea but that is a bad reason to blow up the warranty line on these chips.
According to intel documentation, VT-d was fixed in time for C1: http://hardforum.com/showpost.php?p=1038150417&postcount=9
Did you try it and experience a failure?
The document says C1 is affected, but that the issue is fixed, so will be fixed in the next stepping.
Fixed: This erratum has been previously fixed.
X: Errata exists in the stepping indicated. Specification Change or
Clarification that applies to this stepping.
(No mark) or (Blank box): This erratum is fixed in listed stepping or specification change
does not apply to listed stepping.
H3079039: XSAVE Executed During Paging-Structure Modification May Cause
Unexpected Processor Behavior
Ok just got off the phone with technical support to comfirm this issue. The issue with VT-d was be fixed on the C1 stepping processors with a simple Bios update that should have been available from the motherboard manufacturers already since late November. So this problem shouldnt be an issue as long as you have updated the Bios.