Local builders side-step AMD shortages

A worldwide shortage of AMD processors hasn't fazed several local system builders, who are bypassing the vendor's latest for similar Intel processors and older AMD kit.

Plus Corporation managing director, Nigel Fernandes, said it had turned its customers the way of AMD's arch-rival to deal with the delay in getting supply of the newer Athlon 64 X2 processors.

"The shortage hasn't caused any problems here," he said. "Our customers are happily accepting Intel offerings."

Altech national sales manager, Kevin Hartin, was singing from the same song sheet when contacted by ARN.

"We're not suffering at all. We've got our finger in both pies [AMD and Intel]. Intel has really kicked on a little bit better than AMD with its Core 2 Duo chips and motherboards and there's some reasonable volume going through there," he said.

Hartin also indicated there was a ready supply of older AMD processors and socket 939 motherboards in the channel which could turn-out machines almost as fast as those built on AMD's new AM2 motherboards.

"If someone must have AMD, there are some really good 939-based deals going out there, because everyone was caught holding too much stock," he said. "It doesn't have quite the same benefits of AM2, like supporting DDR2 memory, but at the end of the day, it's still a good, fast, dual-core CPU."

AMD has issued a statement blaming market growth and seasonal variations for what it is calling a spike in demand for the AM2-based processors. The vendor refused to comment further.

"AMD is working diligently towards remixing its product manufacturing to align with customer demands," the statement read.

Fernandes said AMD's relationship with PC giant, Dell, was a major factor behind the shortages.

"Despite what AMD's saying, I think it's because Dell is getting allocated a lot of the stock," he said. "But who can tell? With Intel, their ETAs are straightforward and if they tell you to wait six weeks for something, it really will be six weeks. With AMD, they say six weeks and it could be six months."

Altech's Hartin was more conciliatory, also attributing the problem to the transition to a new platform.

"We had lunch with AMD yesterday and there was no agro talk about the shortages and so forth," he said. "We're just going to look at what it has in quantity and do some focused pushes."