Dell stops selling AMD-powered machines online

By on February 8, 2008, 2:07 PM
Update: Dell has removed the disclaimer from its website that read "Computers with AMD processors are not available online," and as Dellís Anne Camden points out: Latitude, Vostro and Optiplex systems using AMD processors will continue to be made available on Dell's website.

It's been a long while now since Dell adopted a range of AMD processors in its systems, but it appears that its relationship with the struggling chipmaker may soon be coming to an end Ė at least online. A quick look over on the US Dell website shows a cautionary note at the top of the search page for anyone looking for an AMD system:

Shop for Dell computers with AMD processors in retail stores. See our retail partners for details. Computers with AMD processors are not available online.
Those of you looking for an AMD-powered Latitude D531, Vostro 1000 or OptiPlex 740 will have to get it at one of Dellís retail locations such as Best Buy, Staples, or Wal-Mart. Of course, the overwhelming majority of Dellís business is done online so this is clearly a big blow to AMD Ė and to consumer choice. But given AMDís less-than-stellar performance of late, it is hard to argue that Dell should focus on AMD chips, as Intelís Core 2 range of processors manages to beat them on price versus performance in pretty much every area of the market.

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icye said:
Most consumers who buy Dell aren't ones that want to squeeze every once of performance out of their components. It wouldn't make a difference to them if its all Intel CPUs.
Anne@dell said:
Some of this information is incorrect. Dell still offers AMD -based Latitude, Vostro, OptiPlex and servers on In fact we don't offer any of these product lines through retail. Most AMD-based Inspiron systems, e.g. The Inspiron 1526 and 1721 notebooks and the Inspiron 531 desktop are available through our retail partners, like Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Staples. We are committed to AMD product lines as a long-term partner to provide the maximum choice for our customers.
Julio said:
Thanks for the clarification Anne, nevertheless the fact that the disclaimer was up at some point indicates that something was going on about it however you want to look at it. It would be a shame for Dell to drop AMD CPUs entirely.
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