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Old February 3, 2008, 02:45 PM
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Unhappy Prices on Intel CPU going up?!

Just ran across this little tidbit online.

Taiwan market: Intel E8000 CPU family shortage spurs pricing up over 20%

Monica Chen, Taipei; Esther Lam, DIGITIMES [Thursday 31 January 2008]
Although it is not long since Intel launched its 45nm E8000 series CPUs, shortages have already been observed in the Taiwan channel. The lack of supply has spurred prices to increase by over 20%, prompting many consumers to hold off their consumption, according to sources in the channel.
Intel introduced the E8000 desktop CPU series, which feature enhanced performance and power efficiency, on January 20. Despite that the launch drew attention, Intel's strategically planned shipments have led to a shortage, the sources said. Driven by the attempt to lessen impact to sales of E6000 CPUs before inventory is completely sold, Intel is cautiously monitoring shipments of the 45nm-based CPUs, they explained.
In light of the shortages, some channel distributors have raised the price of E8000 CPUs by over 20%. The E8400, for example, is priced above NT$8,300 (US$257), up from the original NT$6,800. Some channels are only willing to sell E8000 series CPUs at a cheaper price if customers buy them bundled with specific hardware, the sources observed. Despite the CPUs being short of demand, sales of E6000 series models have not shown any improvement, the sources said. They attributed the noticeable performance leap that E8000 carries as the major reason for consumers waiting to buy. The sources further noted that E8000 CPU supply will only resume in small volumes after the Lunar New Year in early February. However, the key criteria to judge supply will be the status of E6000 inventory, they noted.

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Old February 3, 2008, 02:48 PM
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Well I'm glad my 680i can't handle the new 8000 and im sticking with the 6850 even if the price is the same or higher.
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