If it’s ever going to get better, that will happen if these backordered processors we mentioned actually show up towards the end of January.
In the meantime, the latest processors that have shown up don’t seem to be quite as good as the ones that started the uproar. They aren’t bad, but an easy 3GHz is no longer a given.
Personally, if you haven’t bought one by now, you may want to consider waiting until CPUs containing these IBM/AMD SOI improvements come out. I’m guesstimating we’ll see a boost of a few hundred MHz from that, so 3GHz should be fairly easy with those processors.
939 Opteron Prices Increasing
Source: Overclockers Online
It looks like the prices on the AMD Opterons with 939-pin counts are steadily going up…?