Intel's production technology has advanced so far beyond AMD's that AMD is consigned, probably permanently, to the status of chip manufacturer for the lowest-end machines. This is nothing more than a hiccup for Intel.
Remember the Pentium math problem? This is NOTHING like that. The problem is in the chipsets, not the processors, and involves the SATA ports degrading over time. Intel caught it early -- they had just started shipping only a couple of weeks before announcing the recall.
In my opinion, this reflects to Intel's credit. This isn't a case like Toyota's delays, denials and dissemblies. Intel stepped up to the plate immediately to protect its customers, and my hat's off to them for it.
I want an older i7 980x anyway.