Pretty sure the big oems get the new chips earlier, but I don't see how that would make it "unfair competition" as intel is not officially a monopoly. Besides, its not like they give everyone the same price either (and neither does AMD I would think)
I am a bit surprised though that the 1.8 GHz part are short in supply, I know the 2 GHz parts are nowhere to be found yet (not even Dell afaik), but I thought the lower clocked parts where readily available. Shouldnt take long either way..
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