As a result of underestimating demand for its Phenom II X6 products, AMD finds the CPUs in tight supply. AMD priced the six-core CPUs rather aggressively, though it still needed multi-threaded applications to convincingly outperform similarly priced Intel CPUs. For applications like gaming, Intel was still the best option, and perhaps this is why AMD underestimated demand. “Six-core” however, is likely to be a major marketing pull, and competitive pricing has ensured strong demand AMD is struggling to cope with.

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As a result of underestimating demand for its Phenom II X6 products, AMD
finds the CPUs in tight supply. AMD priced the six-core CPUs rather
aggressively, though it still needed multi-threaded applications to
convincingly outperform similarly priced Intel CPUs. For applications
like gaming, Intel was still the best option, and perhaps this is why
AMD underestimated demand. “Six-core” however, is likely to be a major
marketing pull, and competitive pricing has ensured strong demand AMD is
struggling to cope with.

The shortage has affected 800 series sales, as well as release schedules of further Thuban based CPUs, such as the Phenom II X4 960T.

The only two X6 CPUs released are the 1055T and the 1090T BE, at $199 and $299 respectively. Further X6 CPUs to attack different price points are expected to be the 2.6 GHZ 1035T and the 3.0 GHz 1075T, set to release some time in Q3. The 960T, which is basically X6 with two cores disabled, was postponed indefinitely for unknown reasons, but the short supply of X6 might be a reason. It is available in minor quantities as a OEM CPU, however.

How the tight supply will affect release of the future Thuban CPUs is something we have to wait and see.

Reference: Digitimes