MSI has announced it is now ready to swap faulty B2-stepping Intel P67 and H67 motherboards with revised B3-stepping ones. Users can either register online for an exchange and wait for MSI's go-ahead for a swap, or wait till the end of March for a walk-in exchange at the store the board was purchased from.
MSI is now ready to provide B3-stepping Intel P67 and H67 Express boards for replacement.
According to MSI, the following is a list of motherboards in South Asia that have the updated chipset:
|P67 Express models||H67 Express models||H61 Express models|
|Big Bang Marshal (B3)||H67MA-E35 (B3)||H61MU-E35 (B3)|
|P67A-GD80 (B3)||PH67A-C43 (B3)||H61M-E33/E23 (B3)|
|P67A-GD65 (B3)||PH67S-C42 (B3)||H61MA-P35 (B3)|
|P67A-GD55 (B3)||H67MS-E43 (B3)||H61M-P23 (B3)|
|P67A-GD53 (B3)||H67MS-E33 (B3)|
|P67A-C45 (B3)||H67MA-ED55 (B3)|
|P67A-C43 (B3)||H67MA-E45 (B3)|
Swap flow for South Asia end-users
Either register online:
Or, if you are not able to access the Internet:
MSI will provide a one-to-one exchange for affected customers and their motherboards once the B3-stepping boards are available. On top of the swap, MSI will provide a free SATA3 card.
For more details, visit http://event.msi.com/mb/2011/replace_event/sea/swap/ .
How do I identify the motherboard chipset's version / stepping from its outlook?
The updated MSI Intel P67 and H67 Express boards will have a 'MSI B3 Stepping Ready' sticker affixed to its packaging.
Apart from the packaging, the barcode on the box and motherboard labels will also indicate if the motherboard has a B3-stepping chipset. A more detailed guide is available at http://event.msi.com/mb/b3/ .
MSI 6 Series SATA SCAN Utility
If you still happen to be on a board with the older stepping, MSI's SATA Utility will indicate which ports are in use. This will help the user determine if he / she has connected any devices to the faulty SATA 3Gbps ports. The utility will also guide users to connect SATA devices to the unaffected SATA 6Gbps ports.
Source: MSI Press Release