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Yorkfield still has availability problems

Yorkfield still has availability problems

We're now into the second quarter and Intel's 45nm quad-core Yorkfield processors are still not widely available... and it's not because of poor yields.

We’re now a few days into the second quarter of the year and Intel’s quad-core Core 2 Quad ‘Yorkfield’ processors are still not widely available.

This is despite the fact that the company announced at CES that its 45nm quad-core desktop processors would be delivered to market by the end of the first quarter.

When we spoke to Intel’s representatives out in Shanghai, we were told to “check our local online retailer.” Heading over to both Scan and Overclockers UK reveals that the Core 2 Quad Q9300 (2.5GHz, 6MB L2 cache) is available—in both retail and OEM packaging.

The Q9450 (2.66GHz, 12MB L2 cache) is only available from OcUK—and conspicuously not in retail form—with “10+” listed in stock at the time of publication. Meanwhile, the faster Q9550 (2.83GHz, 12MB L2 cache) is not available at either retailer – we had a look around a few other retailers, but they had even less stock (of the cheaper models) than Scan and Overclockers UK.

Demand for these products is exceedingly high, we’re told, and Intel is aware of the problems with availability of its desktop chips. Indeed, availability of the 45nm Harpertown-based Xeon chips looks to be pretty good, although interestingly the 2.5GHz Xeon 5320 parts are not available. The Xeon 5410 and 5430 (2.33GHz and 2.67GHz) are available, as are the 2.83GHz and 3.00GHz 5440 and 5450 chips.

This suggests that there aren’t issues with the yield, but Intel is taking care of the more lucrative server market first. After all, the power savings as a result of moving an entire data centre to 45nm processors would be significant. The question remains then, when will we see Intel’s quad-core 45nm processors widely available on the market?

Intel is apparently working to free up some fab space to deliver 45nm desktop quad-core processors to the market, but it may take days—or even weeks—for that to filter out onto the market.

Were you waiting for one of the faster quad-core 45nm processors? Tell us in the forums.

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r4tch3t 3rd April 2008, 08:40 Quote
Still a bit pricey for me, but I can see why they are selling so well. Any ETA for the reviews of these chips?
reflux 3rd April 2008, 11:03 Quote
The multipliers are so low, overclocking is going to be rather dull. I think I'm just going to stick with my Q6600.
Hamish 3rd April 2008, 11:05 Quote
yea no ****, been waiting for Q9450's to become available since january :(
at this rate im half tempted to just wait for nehalem :p
ChEsTeH 3rd April 2008, 13:37 Quote
Had my Q9450 Yesterday built a totally new system Very impressed at the speeds I have been experiencing.
wuyanxu 3rd April 2008, 13:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by reflux
The multipliers are so low, overclocking is going to be rather dull. I think I'm just going to stick with my Q6600.
save.

but for a difference reason: i cannot afford Q9450 :( need to save up on 9900GTX
[USRF]Obiwan 8th April 2008, 13:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
Quote:
Originally Posted by reflux
The multipliers are so low, overclocking is going to be rather dull. I think I'm just going to stick with my Q6600.
save.

but for a difference reason: i cannot afford Q9450 :( need to save up on 9900GTX

Yeah for all the games that wont come to the PC.
Aterius Gmork 8th April 2008, 15:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hamish
at this rate im half tempted to just wait for nehalem :p

Which won't be available either? :)
Hamish 8th April 2008, 18:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by Aterius Gmork
Which won't be available either? :)

indeed, managed to pickup a q9450 from tekheads yesterday though :D
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