High demand strains Radeon 9500 Pro supply
According to this article over at DigiTimes, ATI is having problems keeping up with demand for its Radeon 9500 Pro graphics part. It's not that ATI is having difficulty producing the chips, but rather that demand is so high:
Due to strong demand from major PC vendors like Dell Computer and Hewlett-Packard (HP), ATI Technologies recently reported a serious shortage of its Radeon 9500 PRO graphics chips. Given the massive orders from the brand-name companies, ATI’s own-brand card-manufacturing clients are experiencing difficulty acquiring the chips.
In our recent Radeon 9500 Pro review
, we found the card to be not only competitive with NVIDIA's GeForce4 Ti 4200, but also the more expensive Ti 4600. With that kind of performance, full DirectX 9 support, and a price tag of under $200, it's no wonder so many players are scrambling to get their hands on chips.