Attention Shoppers, We Are Expecting A Shortage Of Chips So Please Plan Ahead
Remember When Rumours Contained Good News?
If the rumours out of DigiTimes and others are accurate, we could be seeing a dearth of both AMD and Intel chips for sale in the near future, along with the traditional increases in price. We have already heard that TSMC’s 7nm line is at full capacity, with plenty of suitors lined up to get their names on the dance card all waiting for the fab to get off of the phone.
The news for those awaiting the release of AMD’s Ryzen 9 3950X is even bleaker, not only do we know the release is delayed until November we now have rather unhappy rumours about why. The delay may not be simply because of lack of production capacity, it could be that AMD is unhappy with the current clock speeds they are seeing; which is something they want to avoid considering the current mood of many enthusiasts. Either way, be it unsatisfactory performance, lack of capacity or simply a choice to focus on pumping out more of the existing third generation Ryzen processors, it seems like we won’t be seeing the 3950X for some time.
AMD doesn’t have a monopoly on bad news either, as rumours surfaced that Intel may be experiencing a shortage of 14nm products, as demand outstrips available supply. If this sounds familiar, it is because the same thing happened this time last year, and lasted for quite some time. The only silver lining is that the 10nm mobile Ice Lake parts seem to be in good supply and we should still see laptops sporting the new chip before the end of the year.
Hopefully we will get more encouraging news for you soon.
These latest musings come via Digitimes, which claims that murmurings in the supply chain point towards another chip shortage for Intel, with manufacturing capacity falling short of what's demanded.