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Report: AMD Phenom II X6 CPUs in Short Supply

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 44 comments

Thuban's not easy to find, apparently.

Having trouble tracking down an AMD hexacore CPU? According to DigiTimes, citing its sources with motherboard OEMs, AMD is having a supply issue with getting enough of the Phenom II X6 CPU to consumers.

If this is true, it's not a necessarily a bad thing for AMD as consumers are taking quite well to the six-core part and the value it presents.

Motherboard makers aren't pleased with the supposed chip shortage, as it has affected the demand of 800-series motherboards. The shortage of the hexacore chip may have also affected the supply schedule of quad-core AMD CPUs including the Phenom II 960T.

Have you had trouble putting together a new, shiny AMD system due to supply issues?

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    jitpublisher , June 22, 2010 1:03 PM
    regulasBah, PC games can't properly use 2 or 4 cores yet.

    News flash....some people do more with their PC than play games.
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    feeddagoat , June 22, 2010 11:26 AM
    Problems with producing these or underestimate demand?
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    hundredislandsboy , June 22, 2010 11:29 AM
    Better get one now before they run out!! I guess the demand is better than expected which isn't too surprising considering the excellent value offered - six cores for under $200!

    Good thing I beat the shortage. I ordered mine from Newegg last week and received it 2 days later.
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    feeddagoat , June 22, 2010 11:26 AM
    Problems with producing these or underestimate demand?
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    hundredislandsboy , June 22, 2010 11:29 AM
    Better get one now before they run out!! I guess the demand is better than expected which isn't too surprising considering the excellent value offered - six cores for under $200!

    Good thing I beat the shortage. I ordered mine from Newegg last week and received it 2 days later.
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    Tamz_msc , June 22, 2010 11:31 AM
    This news was already posted on some other site.But I'm wondering whether AMD will increase prices.
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    Anonymous , June 22, 2010 12:10 PM
    6 core is good but. I still believe the opteron 12 core 2 way server is the best solution after all. 24 core is hot. all I got to say that is intel is little over price.
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    JPForums , June 22, 2010 12:19 PM
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    Problems with producing these or underestimate demand?


    If they had problems producing these, I wouldn't think it would have any affect on the supply schedule for the new quad core part. Given AMD's current ability to produce quad core parts, it is very likely that defective Hexacore parts would have at least four functional cores and could then be sold as quad core.

    However, if they underestimated demand, reallocating resources to produce more hexacore parts could cause a delay in the release of quad core parts. This seems to be the more likely scenario.

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    ... I'm wondering whether AMD will increase prices.


    Unlike with the HD5850, AMD's hexacore processors aren't in the position of be clearly superior to the competition while being priced less than the competition (~$350 for GTX285 vs ~$260 MSRP for HD5850 before price increase). Keep in mind that AMD did not raise the MSRP for the HD5870 (still at ~$380), board manufactures raise those prices themselves. That said, I believe it is more likely that AMD will leave the MSRP for their hexacore processors alone. However, if demand is outstripping supply enough that AMD can raise the MSRP and still have shortages for the foreseeable future (unlikely), then they could and should do so.
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    Anonymous , June 22, 2010 12:20 PM
    very ture that I got the pair of opteron 6168 magny core from newegg for $1500 and dual G34 motherboard about $450. everything with pw and case include plus 16G or ddr3 lessthan $3000. which I got a powerful 24 core workstation. 3d render easly kick ass out of intel 8 core socket 1136 serials.
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    kresso , June 22, 2010 12:52 PM
    regulasBah, PC games can't properly use 2 or 4 cores yet.

    My simulations certainly can. Gaming isn't everything, plus I don't think these are targeted at gamers, but I could be wrong.
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    jitpublisher , June 22, 2010 1:03 PM
    regulasBah, PC games can't properly use 2 or 4 cores yet.

    News flash....some people do more with their PC than play games.
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    spidey180 , June 22, 2010 1:05 PM
    Its good to see that AMD is selling whatever they produce. Its a shame that they cant keep up with the demand.
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    spks19 , June 22, 2010 1:06 PM
    You must mean look at porn. More threads means you can run Firefox, Chrome AND Explorer and have thrice the pRon!
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    N.Broekhuijsen , June 22, 2010 1:16 PM
    spks19You must mean look at porn. More threads means you can run Firefox, Chrome AND Explorer and have thrice the pRon!

    you forgot AMD ATI's other assistant for that: Eyefinity! that's thrice the pRon!!
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    terrybear , June 22, 2010 1:34 PM
    " regulas : Bah, PC games can't properly use 2 or 4 cores yet. "

    IDK what you've been doing to not have a clue about games in the last 2+ years now there is multi core/thread support in MANY games nowadays. Crysis & Unreal engine based games support it, Grand Theft Auto 4 is multi core supported & ect ...

    This also doesn't take into the fact that MOST gamers out there ARE multi taskers like myself.

    You tell me how well I'd be able to run 2 im's 2-4 browser windows, a ventrilo voice chat client, Windows Media player 12 AND a game that utilizes more then 2 cores at once on a " dual core cpu " *LOL*
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    jitpublisher , June 22, 2010 2:04 PM
    I almost bought one a couple of weeks back at a local retailer. I was a little undecided whether I really wanted one or not, and I asked the guy if he had plenty in case I came back the next day. He said yes, they had a bunch in stock, no worries. So I don't know. Maybe this is simply a ploy to trigger a rush to buy what is really a surplus of parts?
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    anamaniac , June 22, 2010 2:17 PM
    xbeateryou forgot AMD ATI's other assistant for that: Eyefinity! that's thrice the pRon!!

    Honestly, the first thing I did when I got Eyefinity setup was put 4 videos on each screen (12 total), just to see what it'd be like. It was epic.
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    enzo matrix , June 22, 2010 2:49 PM
    regulasBah, PC games can't properly use 2 or 4 cores yet.

    hahaha. Still stuck in 2006 are you? Most current games use up to 3 cores, with some being able to use more.
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    buzznut , June 22, 2010 2:51 PM
    jitpublisherI almost bought one a couple of weeks back at a local retailer. I was a little undecided whether I really wanted one or not, and I asked the guy if he had plenty in case I came back the next day. He said yes, they had a bunch in stock, no worries. So I don't know. Maybe this is simply a ploy to trigger a rush to buy what is really a surplus of parts?


    Prolly more likely this hasn't retail channel yet but is being felt by manufacturers and system builders.
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    bk420 , June 22, 2010 3:12 PM
    Short Supply is good, especially in these "tough" times.
    Hell, I'm glad i got it the day it came out. I will never switch back to Intel as long as they keep improving and using the same socket it's the cheapest performance boost out there!

    Keep'em coming AMD!!!

    P.S. the 6 core bad boy rulez for video compression!
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    vancouverboy , June 22, 2010 3:13 PM

    it's been a while i couldn't spot a Phenom II X4 905e (and reasonably priced) in any computer store...
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    universalremonster , June 22, 2010 3:17 PM
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    Bah, PC games can't properly use 2 or 4 cores yet.


    Dragon Age Origins uses all 8 threads on my i7 920 according to the Win7 desktop gadget. Crysis also uses 4 as already stated and Dirt 2.
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