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posted by takyon on Wednesday January 16 2019, @10:50PM   Printer-friendly
from the radeon-7000 dept.

AMD Responds to Radeon VII Short Supply Rumours

A few days ago we reported on rumours which alleged that AMD's Radeon VII graphics card would be in short supply, with a report claiming that AMD had "less than 5,000", units to sell.

The report also stated that AMD would also lose money on every graphics card sold, likely due to the device's workstation/datacenter origins and its use of 16GB of costly HBM2 memory.

This morning AMD has released an official response to these rumours, claiming that the company expects to meet demand from gamers, declining to release detailed production numbers. On top of that, AMD also confirmed that the company's AIB partners would be selling Radeon VII graphics cards, alongside their retail presence on, which means that AMD has produced their new graphics card in large enough quantities for AIBs to receive a sizable stock allocation.

Will AMD's Lisa Su Step Up as Intel's Next CEO?

Intel's next CEO is a hot topic in the tech sector. Rumors suggest that the company plans to announce its new CEO before its fourth quarter of 2018 earnings release on January 24. Intel's only rival in the PC and server CPU market is Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Speculation of an Intel–AMD merger keeps popping up, but it's unwarranted. The merger can never be a reality, as it would remove competition from the CPU market.

At CES 2019 (the Consumer Electronics Show), AMD overshadowed Intel with its 7nm (nanometer) product announcements. AMD's presentation once again sparked speculation of an Intel–AMD merger. An article in EE Times cited Jon Peddie Research vice president Kathleen Maher's views on this speculation.

She dismissed the speculation that Intel might acquire AMD, stating that AMD has nothing Intel wants except a CEO. Her comments were reiterated by Tirias Research principal analyst Kevin Krewell, who told EE Times that Intel "could try to hire Lisa Su, but that would be hard as well."

Previously: AMD Announces Radeon VII GPU, Teases Third-Generation Ryzen CPU
Intel Core i9-9990XE: Up to 5.0 GHz, Auction Only; AMD Radeon VII: Less Than 5,000 Available

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 16 2019, @11:28PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 16 2019, @11:28PM (#787651)

    Because if she did, it would be impossible to resist saying "Fuck you, Lisa Su".

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 17 2019, @12:58AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 17 2019, @12:58AM (#787675)

      Intel intends to gobsmack AMD with their new cpu.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 17 2019, @12:07AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 17 2019, @12:07AM (#787664)

    It seems everyone was planning for a big shrinkage of PC purchases and started shifting focus to servers and mobile. But despite a temporary slump, PC sales remain strong and this caught the industry off guard. There's a general shortage of many PC-related chips. While PC usage is shrinking domestically, it's still strong and possibly growing in businesses.

    Finger-pushed mobile & tablets are convenient, but just not productive for non-trivial tasks.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 17 2019, @12:33PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 17 2019, @12:33PM (#787869)

      I think the important shift has been from desktops to laptops. Gamers, video editors, and statisticians still use desktops. But the rest of the business world and lots of consumers are laptop-crazy.