Every chip of any significance has had an errata sheet. Often a sheet for every new steping. There have been very few bug free chips out there over the years, you simply are not aware of all the different defects a chip may have. Just look at all the issues there have been with Intels integrated graphics.
Originally Posted by gerald apple
Why would anybody want a defective chip in their MBP? this is a smuck.I rather have the Core 2Duo.
I'm not sure why there is a huge demand for the latest and greatest here. Certainly Sandy Bridge "can" perform much better than Core 2 but so can many of AMDs chips. Ultimately Core 2 isn't really that bad for many users.
Personally the attraction that I see in Sandy is the additional cores available at a very nice power point. I'd rather a computer save me energy while operating and that is a big draw for these new generation of chips. As to actually buying the hardware, it is often best to let early adopters take the arrows launched from bugsville.
Even the AIRs have gone through a few software patches already. These are really good machines and an excellent value, but like all new hardware need a period of stabilization. You might say those fixes are software patches which would be correct, but software patches are often used to fix issues with hardware. Or more correctly work around hardware issues, you as a user never really know what a patch or software update is doing. Certainly most fix software bugs but they are issued for other reasons too.