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.