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AMD CPUs still in short supply

AMD CPUs still in short supply

AMD's supply troubles should ease as we enter December, but there's no indication when the shortages will end.

A Chinese language newspaper has cited distributors and motherboard manufacturers, saying that the supply of AMD's processors is still tight, but should begin to ease towards the end of the month.

Earlier this month, we reported that AMD had officially confirmed its supply troubles, but company officials gave no indication as to when the shortages would end.

It would seem that the shortages that many distributors have complained about for some time may start to ease as December approaches. There is, however, no indication as to when the supply issues will come to an end.

Many have attributed the shortages to Dell's high allocation demands, since the builder hasn't seen any significant issues with AMD CPUs on the supply front. However, AMD representatives have attributed the problem to the increase in demand for its processors from both system builders and OEMs.

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mclean007 24th November 2006, 16:54 Quote
In light of the superbity and general all-round awesomeness of Core 2, who is actually buying AMD chips at the moment? I know they (finally) got the Dell contract, but it seems weird that AMD could happily supply the world and his uncle when A64 / X2 was the processor of choice, but now that AMD is in Intel's shadow in the performance stakes, suddenly the supplies dry up?
unrealhippie 24th November 2006, 17:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by mclean007
In light of the superbity and general all-round awesomeness of Core 2, who is actually buying AMD chips at the moment? I know they (finally) got the Dell contract, but it seems weird that AMD could happily supply the world and his uncle when A64 / X2 was the processor of choice, but now that AMD is in Intel's shadow in the performance stakes, suddenly the supplies dry up?

*Sigh* You really have no idea how much of a minority buy cutting edge hardware. AMD and all other companies make money off their midrange products which sell on mass....
mclean007 24th November 2006, 18:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by unrealhippie
*Sigh* You really have no idea how much of a minority buy cutting edge hardware. AMD and all other companies make money off their midrange products which sell on mass....
I am aware of that, but C2D pummels AMD's offerings at EVERY price point. Unless you're upgrading the CPU on an old board and hence have to stick to the same socket (minority), you're getting done over if you buy AMD right now.

So those in the know will buy Intel, and I would have thought that Intel's massive current marketing campaign pusing C2D would seal the deal for the great unwashed.
DXR_13KE 24th November 2006, 18:34 Quote
I BLAME PS3 FOR USING SO MUCH SILICON ON THE CELL PROCESSORS ON THEIR USELESS CONSOLES CONSOLES!!!!! and garden gnomes....

just kidding :p
Cleric_silencer 24th November 2006, 21:51 Quote
i'm just waiting around for AMDs new offereing, hopefully they will be teh shizzle.
Kipman725 25th November 2006, 00:20 Quote
as far as I know amd is thrashing intell in the low > midrange as intell are currently still flogging off netburst chips in those areas.
Cthippo 25th November 2006, 03:20 Quote
After the headaches I've had with Intel CPUs I don't care if they are the greatest thing ever made from silicon, I still wouldn't buy one. Call me a fanboy if you like, but my AMD systems have always been rock stable and my intels...haven't :(
Bladestorm 25th November 2006, 06:26 Quote
Believe I heard somewhere that AMD cpu's are still considered the best in the server market due to power(/heat?) per watt in the power range they use ? But I'm not exatctly sure on that one.

The X2 line are still very solid CPU's also, while C2D does have an edge in performance its not exactly a world-ending one.

Plus it looks like decent C2D motherboards add an extra £100 to the price, which effects things abit compared to AM2 ones.

Side note : wow, the only quad core C2D scan have up are £700 oem and £750 retail ? blimey.
mikeuk2004 25th November 2006, 07:54 Quote
Shortage. Does that mean ill get more cash on ebay for my 2 AMD 2600's :p

Doubt it lol
TMM 25th November 2006, 08:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by unrealhippie
*Sigh* You really have no idea how much of a minority buy cutting edge hardware. AMD and all other companies make money off their midrange products which sell on mass....
Indeed. The Sempron and low end Athlon64s absolutely annihilate Intel's similarly priced offerings too. Not to mention AMD has the edge in the server markete despite woodcrest.
speedfreek 26th November 2006, 23:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by mclean007
I am aware of that, but C2D pummels AMD's offerings at EVERY price point.
Not from what I have seen.
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Originally Posted by TMM
Indeed. The Sempron and low end Athlon64s absolutely annihilate Intel's similarly priced offerings too. Not to mention AMD has the edge in the server markete despite woodcrest.
Plus the fact that I have never had a problem with an AMD chip and me just not liking how intel is run. The whole netburst thing showed me that they listen to the marketing department more than the engineers.
Colonel Sanders 27th November 2006, 03:39 Quote
On one hand, it sucks that AMD is having supply issues, but the fact that AMD is growing is great. I mean just a couple years ago, AMD made CPUs for enthusiasts and hardly any system builders used AMD so it's logical that when AMD receives a sudden large demand for processors there will be shortages, I'm sure AMD is working on new fabs and trying to improve production.

I think it will take more than Core to save Intel. AMD needed the Athlon (amazing CPU) and also needed Netbursts (Intels worst CPU architecture ever. . .) and even with that it has taken AMD a while to get main-stream appeal.

Netburst is not only a disaster in the sense that performance sucked, the high clock speeds and poor performance proved that all Intel wanted was to hear the consumer say "OMG GHz!!!!111". What really disappoints me is that Intel R&D budget is immense, far better than AMDs budget, yet they could not create a CPU that would beat the Athlon, until the launch of Core- and personally, I'm not yet going to label the Athlon architecture as defeated.

Speedfreek, can you point to some good reviews? I'm too lazy to ask google and I don't really want to sift through a bunch of amateur reviews.

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