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AMD admits to struggling with HD 5000 demand

By Justin ยท 76 replies
Nov 25, 2009
  1. AMD's newest and fastest cards have impressed people with all-around incredible performance. There is no denying the great engineering behind AMD's 5000 series, but it has suffered in a crucial arena: manufacturing.

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  2. lfg18

    lfg18 TS Rookie Posts: 86

    I have a radeon 3850 and it's a very good card, I just can't wait to get my hands on this new cards, anyway I think is very infortunate for AMD to face this shortage since it's the first time in a lot of time since they are in the lead. I prefer Radeaon, their cards tend to be cheaper than those by NVIDIA, so I hope they sort it out soon :).
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,635   +695

    No kidding about the shortage. I had a few extra pennies in the bank account so been shopping for a Radeon 5870 and there's literally none to be had. Every company I've Google shopped or Binged for lists the 5870 as being for sale, but also show it as out of stock with earliest delivery at the end of December.

    Must be disappointing for AMD who has been 2nd behind nVidia forever it seems. And now that they have better products, can't produce them fast enough.
  4. Deso

    Deso TS Rookie Posts: 125

    I've been waiting quite a while now to buy the 5850 :/
    I've allways been a nvidia fan and was gonna get the 5850 because there was no way I was gonna wait for the new fermi, now it seams im gonna wait long anyways to get it....
  5. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +280

    Well, look at it this way... Would you rather have your products sitting on shelves collecting dust while your competition sells their superior product constantly, or be the biggest demand right now and unable to keep the product in stock? AMD may be having supply issues, and sales shortages, but at least they know they have a hot product, and the competition is scrambling to meet the challenge.

    The tipping point will be if AMD can't get enough product out there, frustrates too many consumers itching to buy, and then nVidia hits the market with even an inferior (but close in performance) product. If they haven't fixed their supply problems, they may throw the advantage back over to nVidia again, basically shooting themselves in the foot - maybe even both feet, in that case.
  6. deadmongol

    deadmongol TS Member

    @lfg18 i agree, im also a radeon user, so i prefer radeon rather than nvidia not only its cheaper but the performance is not that far away on nvidia counterparts, and now that it is on the lead with it's new 5970 card, it's facing shortage. I expected shortage though, well it IS the fastest card available after all. you know what i mean. :)
  7. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    They've had the same supply problems with the previous generation (4xxx) & since nVidia uses the company to fabricate their chips (TSMC), they'll probably run into supply shortages as well.
  8. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,162   +831

    I currently have an HD2600XT and works like a charm, still plays the most recent games and I cant complain, at all!

    For once am loving the idea AMD (ATI) is above (even if it is a little gap) Nvidia, always hearing from friends how they love Nvidia cards, and myself with the old 2600 hehe.
  9. vangrat

    vangrat TS Rookie Posts: 223

    I am currently running a HD4870 as such I may wait for DX11 games to really hit the market, and then swap over to a future ati card, the 5k series looks brilliant however, make's me wonder what the 6k or whatever their next series is will be like.
  10. ColdPreacher

    ColdPreacher TS Rookie Posts: 56

    I currently run 2 x HD3870's and there fine for now. But judging by the reviews and the shortages the 5xxx series might be my next by.
  11. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    i am also one of the people waiting for the 5000 series to get back in stock so i can have my 5850 to gloat about to my friends.
  12. matchu

    matchu TS Enthusiast Posts: 100

    That might be kind of true, but NVIDIA is going to come up with their next-gen cards, and AMD will lose their advantage.
  13. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,223   +163

    This message bought to you by the Department of Redundancy Department:

    I am not buying this "shortage" BS, the cards that are being released now (the 5000 and the Fermi) have been in process for at least two years! and 40nm tech is not new either. and now all of a sudden TSMC is getting bad yields? hogwash! ....as grampa used to say. i will bet you that on the day that Fermi is released, there will be enough 40nm wafers for every man,woman, and rugrat to have one if they want.
    I also say that there will be a lawsuit brought forth in the calendar year 2010 that alleges that TSMC held back production of the 40nm wafers for their biggest customer Nvidia.
    so C'mon everyone! get on board, lets show'em that they cant screw with.....Oh rats! my foil hat fell off......
  14. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    I don't even see why there is such demand... as there are 0 released games that use DX11

    I will be waiting awhile before I upgrade anyways...
  15. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    There is a demand becasue they are competitive with DX10 and they are ready for the future. People who buy this stuff want the latest tech.
  16. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    If there was a DX11 title out there that would have everyone rushing to upgrade, this might be a problem. By the time those games roll out these suckers will be at half the price.
  17. bedouinrising

    bedouinrising TS Rookie Posts: 52

    the 5970 is incredibly oversized and overpriced - but it blows away the competition on every level.
  18. saintbodhisatva

    saintbodhisatva TS Rookie Posts: 59

    was considering buying a 5x00 series card, but Im still leaning on Dx10 for now, rushing the purchase for these babies wouldn't do much yet for now. Pricing is still somewhat high, no games yet, and they're not even available!
  19. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    im with red on this one it is a load of hog wash that they are having bad yields on a 1 year old process dont make me laugh nvidia is probably paying them to hold ati back which in the end like red said will end in a lawsuit.
  20. Errr, Klepto...I think red was playing the satirical card. But I'm with ya on this...you just know the secret cabal of demonic aliens that REALLY own nvidia and TSMC are setting us up to be mind-controlled by some gizmo in Fermi, You and Charlie should don your red capes and stand at the streetcorner- I'll rendezvous with you when I can.
  21. LazyNinja

    LazyNinja TS Rookie Posts: 16

    While I'd love to have a 5790 I don't see it being financially feasible for myself. Maybe a 5750/5770 in the new year when the prices drop a bit.
  22. timljh

    timljh TS Enthusiast Posts: 34

    I just got myself a 5750, it seems that there is no shortage at my place here for the 5000 series but I cant get any 4800 series that I planned to get initially.
  23. mizumi

    mizumi TS Rookie

    Still waiting for the card to mature first. No real incentive to invest in one now since there's not a lot of DX11 games out there yet. My 4890 still able to support me for my gaming needs. ^^
  24. IvanAwfulitch

    IvanAwfulitch TS Booster Posts: 218   +11

    A number of us, myself included haven't had much luck with spare cash for this sort of thing. I'm still using a 9800 gtx +. It serves me well enough but it's showing its age a little bit in terms of framerates on newer games on higher resolutions and detail level. I personally would LOVE to get my hands on a monster like the 5970. I don't even care if DX11 is supported or not with most games yet. I just need a new powerhouse to support me until games that DO use it come out.

    But again, like many have already said, none of us are getting one until AMD starts making some better business choices with their card supplies. If they can make a push and get a big supply out to the market in time for the holidays, they're going to rake in a TON of dough and then they can improve their manufacturing and make their 40nm process easier. Whether it's by researching more efficient techniques, or by getting another factory to make these things, it'd be a step in the right direction for them.
  25. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    I've got a 4850 and I'm pretty happy with it, however Crysis tells me it would seriously love a 5850 =)
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