Pentium D demand weaker than expected
Citing sources at Taiwanese motherboard makers, DigiTimes is reporting that demand for Intel's new dual-core processors is weaker than expected. No explanation is given for the lackluster demand, which has not been confirmed by Intel. However, it seems likely that the Pentium D's incompatibility with existing 925- and 915-based motherboards will hurt initial demand, at least until a wider array of Pentium D-compatible platforms are available on the market. The performance of AMD's Athlon X2 may also be giving prospective Pentium D purchasers pause, although the Pentium D 820 remains the most affordable dual-core processor around. Perhaps, after years of being trained to follow higher clock speeds, consumers just need a little reprogramming before they'll flock to dual-core chips.