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posted by janrinok on Friday January 14, @01:39PM   Printer-friendly
from the [try-to]-get-it-while-it's-hot! dept.

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D CPU could be in short supply when it launches:

AMD's Ryzen 7 5800X3D, the new 3D V-cache processor revealed at CES, may only be produced in small numbers when it lands in early 2022 – and the chip may remain thin on the ground until the second half of the year rolls around, going by the latest from the rumor mill.

This comes from DigiTimes (via PC Gamer), which reports that TSMC, which is making the 5800X3D, is only expected to kick off with 'small-volume production' of the processor, according to the usual industry sources in the know. However, the report also makes clear that production could ramp up considerably when TSMC's new packaging plant in Chunan (Taiwan) goes live later in the year (supposedly in the second half of 2022).

So, while everyone is (rightly) cautious about the potential amount of stock when it comes to many new PC components at launch, it appears that the Ryzen 7 5800X3D could be particularly shaky to begin with – perhaps for the first few months of the CPU being on shelves (or not, as the case may be).

At least if this report is correct, anyway; and note we certainly must be cautious on that score, as DigiTimes isn't always the most reliable media outlet.

[...] We know that component shortages are making life difficult for AMD (and everyone else) anyway, certainly for the first half of this year, and as PC Gamer points out, the company has to prioritize enterprise chips (Epyc) to a large extent at the high-end as these are big profit spinners.

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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by looorg on Friday January 14, @02:34PM (3 children)

    by looorg (578) on Friday January 14, @02:34PM (#1212670)

    Right. New hardware in short supply on release. Not like that hasn't been a thing now for several years. Still apparently not enough of a deal to try and do something about it. I guess they are happy that they sell out their latest graphics cards. But somehow they are not going to the intended customers. Well it's not like they are picky about whom buys their cards. But it would be nice if they at least just acknowledge that our products are for miners now, gamers are second tier customers and we'll get to them eventually ... So they can blame that on the chip shortage or whatever they like but it was a things before the "shortage".

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  • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Friday January 14, @03:10PM

    by Freeman (732) on Friday January 14, @03:10PM (#1212676) Journal

    Miners may be part of the problem, but demand has increased as well. With the Chinese crackdown on mining/miners, you would think there would be a flood of used cards on the market. Could just be kind of hard to tell, what with used cards also going for obscene prices. I'm hoping that prices start to dip come sometime next year.

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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by takyon on Friday January 14, @03:51PM

    Nvidia got caught sending cards directly to miners, and basically doing fake launches to hide new mining cards (like the RTX 2060 12 GB). Though AMD is not innocent and ended up selling its own mining cards [] as well.

    These CPUs have nothing to do with miners. The reason for the limited launch is that they want as much 3D cache as possible to go to Milan-X Epyc [] customers. 5800X3D is kind of a stopgap, something that might be able to almost tie the Intel Core i9-12900K in gaming, and it gives one last upgrade path for AM4 owners. Too bad there is no 5950X3D since it should also have some of the same huge boosts seen in Milan-X (the amount of L3 cache each core/chiplet can access is the same).

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by digitalaudiorock on Friday January 14, @05:24PM

    by digitalaudiorock (688) on Friday January 14, @05:24PM (#1212703)

    Just under a year ago I built my first new workstation in many many years...running Gentoo on a AMD RYZEN 7 3700X based system with a Radeon RX 5500 XT 8-GB card. Until recently I didn't realize how the GPU market when bat shit crazy. I think that Radeon card cost me inside of $250 at that time. Glad I got it when I did. Insane.