As Intel's latest Core 2 processors fade in and out of stock at online retailers, it appears that Athlon 64 X2s are also in short supply. European resellers are apparently facing a "major shortage" of X2 processors, although single-core chips are reportedly readily available. AMD has even acknowledged that it's facing a surge in demand for processors.
A representative from AMD said: "As far as the Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processors go we are experiencing an unprecedented demand. We believe that this demand is a testament to the market acceptance of the outstanding dual-core architecture and performance of the AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor."Several of AMD's latest Socket AM2 Athlon 64 X2 processors also appear to be scarce in North America. Neither the Athlon 64 X2 4800+ nor the 5000+ can be found in our price search engine, despite the fact that both were introduced more than two months ago.
If neither AMD nor Intel can keep their most popular processors in stock over the back to school buying season, students may be forced to settle on chips they can buy rather than those they truly desire. For homework, of course.
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