AMD Phenom II X6 CPUs in tight supply

By on June 16, 2010, 12:22 PM
It's been roughly two months since AMD began shipping their first six-core processors for desktops. Although not as powerful as Intel's top offerings, the company hoped to make them an attractive purchase by pricing the Phenom II X6 at far more realistic prices and making them compatible with older AM2/AM2+ motherboards -- in addition to newer AM3 boards, of course. This was certainly an upgrader's dream considering the older platform is almost 4 years old.

But it seems AMD didn't want to risk a failure and decided to play it safe when placing orders with GlobalFoundries to avoid oversupply. Ironically, this caution proved less than fortuitous. According to DigiTimes, the company underestimated demand for its Phenom II X6 processors and is now facing a supply shortage. Demand was significant during the second quarter, and though this led to strong sales of 800-series motherboards, obviously shipments of six-core chips and 800-series products did not reach the levels they otherwise could have.

The report goes on to say these supply problems have "impacted the supply schedule" of some of its products. The 960T for example, which is basically a Phenom X6 with two cores disabled, was reportedly postponed indefinitely. Meanwhile, AMD has also adjusted its planned southbridge chips. The company was originally planning to pair its 890FX, 880G and 870 northbridge chips with SB850/SB810 southbridges, but has apparently postponed the launch of the SB810.

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Cueto_99 said:

I'm always glad to hear good news from AMD. It's a company that deserves to be recognized by the public because of it's innovative and hard working team. Good for them Phenoms II X6 are selling like hot cakes.

Puiu Puiu said:

At least they're doing better than expected. That's never a bad thing. But they need to get those postponed parts out as fast as they can. Time is money!

I'm also very interested in the new quad core CPU -960T- .

princeton princeton said:

I'm glad they're selling well. I expected people to move over to more efficient cpus in terms of core-performance ratio and power usage like the core i5-750. I forgot to think that that would require buying a new motherboard ^^.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I almost got one for my "secondary" computer, but considering it's uses, it really was overkill.

But if you're building an AMD system, then its a no brainer, its the same price as the 920/930. its a good buy even if you don't use multithreaded applications. But if you're someone who actually uses the extra cores professionally, from the benchmarks I've seen, it can show a dramatic cut in rendering time. That puppy would probably pay for itself during the first job.

Guest said:

There is two types of corporpations. The first one is the corporation that cares only about how to get more and more cash from peoples wallets . The second one is the corporation whos prioritates aren't peoples wallets.

I support the second type.

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