Ryzen availability check: eight cores and nowhere to put ’em

Four days after Ryzen CPUs officially hit the market, you can easily pick one up at Newegg or Amazon. Both sites have the new AMD processors in stock, although Newegg has temporarily run out of the top-end 1800X model. Unfortunately, you may have a hard time finding a place to put your cutting-edge octo-core CPU. Both storefronts are almost completely sold out of Socket AM4 motherboards.

If you're itching to build a machine to celebrate AMD's return to CPU relevance, your only options at those shops are a single board each from MSI, ASRock, and Asus. Your best bet might instead be to head to an actual brick-and-mortar store. Micro Center shows healthy stock on several motherboards at its locations, as long as you live nearby. The store isn't offering any of its famously-excellent CPU-and-motherboard bundles for Ryzen yet, though.

Looking around the web, many shops haven't even begun to stock boards with the AM4 socket. This could be because of limited availability, considering that the giants of e-tail can't seem to keep them in stock. It's possible that the motherboard vendors were playing it cautious, given how AMD's last CPU release turned out. It's also possible that they simply weren't prepared for Ryzen's popularity. Either way, it looks like Socket AM4 motherboards could be slim pickings for a while.

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    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    Did anyone check those white boxes over there? What’s inside those? 🙂

    • not@home
    • 3 years ago

    I wish we had a Micro Center here is Wisconsin.

    • gmskking
    • 3 years ago

    No problem. I see many z270 motherboards in stock.

    Just to preface. I would prefer a X370 motherboard but grow tired of waiting for good options and availability.

    • JustAnEngineer
    • 3 years ago

    I’d probably choose the [b<]GA-AB350M-Gaming 3[/b<] from the limited selection of micro-ATX socket AM4 motherboards that Newegg has listed so far. [url<]https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=118885&p=1341603#p1341603[/url<] The Prime B350M-A and B350M Gaming Pro are both lacking a second PCIe x16 physical slot.

    • tacitust
    • 3 years ago

    I prefer my strategy… wait a couple of years and then buy when people are selling off their old stuff to help pay for the new stuff just about to come out.

    At the very least, I like to let the early adopters do all the work.

    Thanks guys. 🙂

      • Tristan
      • 3 years ago

      So, effectively you are buying early versions of hardware from early adopters.
      Good strategy to get old and beta hardware

        • ET3D
        • 3 years ago

        It’s certainly much better than buying new beta hardware, because the old beta hardware has been through all the BIOS, Windows and driver updates that the new hardware hasn’t.

    • GTVic
    • 3 years ago

    Not really a problem, the reason supply is short is that all the people that are buying the CPUs today already got their motherboards 2 weeks ago. And probably the smart ones are selling them on Ebay.

      • Bauxite
      • 3 years ago

      No meaningful motherboards were available until launch. A lot of the preorders sold out or got shifted until 3/9 or later as well.

        • freebird
        • 3 years ago

        Exactly… I couldn’t find any Mobos shipping before 3/2; I was only looking at X370 of course, but X370s and B350s were all that were currently available on 3/2. I found my AsRock Fata1ty Order Button went live only 2 minutes after I previously check so it should be arriving today along with a Ryzen 1700.

        But most mobos didn’t last long for sale and all X370s seem to be on backorder at newegg.com presently.

        Besides if you got a mobo 2 weeks ago, you better be upgrading the BIOS 1st thing!!! 😀

    • tootercomputer
    • 3 years ago

    OMG, I didn’t realize that there were brick and motor computer stores like Microcenter anymore, let alone a chain of 25 stores. I went to their website, they report that they are doing well and have expanded, adding six stores to now total 25. That’s impressive, I wonder how they do it. Brick and mortar retail stores of all kinds, even clothing stores, face so much competition now from on-line.

      • travbrad
      • 3 years ago

      When there’s only one big computer store serving millions of people in an urban area that’s a pretty good amount of potential customers I guess. The one by me is usually ranges from pretty busy to very busy. They have pretty competitive pricing on most stuff compared to online stores, so that helps bring in customers I’m sure. Their CPU/mobo/RAM bundles in particular are always cheaper than anything you can find online. Being able to pick up stuff the same day is nice too, and being able to return something defective or get a replacement the same day.

      I don’t know what percentage of their business it is but they also do computer repair stuff, and while their sales/support staff aren’t necessarily PC hardware experts, they tend to know a lot more about computers than Best Buy or Walmart employees.

      • Shouefref
      • 3 years ago

      Back in the days when internet didn’t exist yet, you could buy by mail order. That didn’t put b&m shops out of business either.

      • bhtooefr
      • 3 years ago

      Having big enough stores that they can actually have a good selection of components, and then using aggressive pricing on big-ticket items like CPUs and motherboards (especially bundled) to get customers in the door helps.

      They can then make up for the aggressive pricing by having everything else be on the higher-end of reasonable pricing (still not unreasonable), and you’ve got the benefit of not having to wait for shipping, and the ability to return it the same day if something goes wrong.

      Also, I suspect that their checkout procedures improve profit. They have a single checkout line, and cashiers call customers in line to the next available register. This means that the front-end can have a much more varied selection, with every customer having to walk past every item, likely improving their sales there. And, it likely reduces staffing requirements – a single checkout line that all registers pull from is more efficient at handling a high customer volume.

      • Bauxite
      • 3 years ago

      They get a lot of people in the door with the awesome bundle deals: cpu+board+ram+ssd discount can be $100+, base price is often literally the cheapest. (note: sales tax is called use tax on your state return, even if you don’t fill it out – so still the cheapest)

      They make money on all the other stuff in there, it takes extreme willpower to go in and only buy the bundles.

        • Bauxite
        • 3 years ago

        Also the article is wrong, they [b<]are[/b<] offering the bundles in store: $30 off the board, $20 off a 1070/1080 though only some of those have been adjusted down to reflect the new pricing coming with the 1080ti. Most of the memory discounts don't specify a particular cpu+board, but some of the ssd discounts are specific to intel cpus. They also dropped the 1700X to $349, if you picked one up last thurs go back and claim your 50 bucks.

          • demani
          • 3 years ago

          Yeah-I’m surprised they dropped it already, but I might actually head over and make a few little purchases. I love having one close by.

      • G8torbyte
      • 3 years ago

      Some years ago CompUSA used to be fun store to visit to see computer gear for DIY’ers. Since they closed I make a pilgrimage to MicroCenter on special occasions when I save up some scratch. I tell my wife it’s like an electronics Disney world for me 🙂

    • willmore
    • 3 years ago

    You wanted a hard launch. You got a hard launch.

      • K-L-Waster
      • 3 years ago

      In retrospect, they may have wanted a slightly easier launch…

        • willmore
        • 3 years ago

        LOL People complain if you don’t make enough processors. People complain if you do make enough processors. *sigh*

    • HERETIC
    • 3 years ago

    Read yesterday-Some boards have been pulled because of bricking during BIOS updates.

      • utmode
      • 3 years ago

      I am looking at you ASUS (grimly face).

    • albundy
    • 3 years ago

    you’re not doing it right. all you need is ryzen, a hammer, and an intel board.

      • Shouefref
      • 3 years ago

      I tested it yesterday. The hammer overheated.

        • shank15217
        • 3 years ago

        Your bulldozer joke doesn’t apply, k thx bye

    • astrotech66
    • 3 years ago

    My Ryzen 1700X arrived today. Until this morning, I wasn’t sure when I’d have a motherboard for it. I originally pre-ordered the Asus Prime X370-Pro, but Newegg’s info indicated it wouldn’t ship till the 7th. So I cancelled that and ordered the Asus ROG Crosshair VI from Amazon. But March 2nd came and went and it didn’t ship and there was never any estimated shipping date from Amazon. I got a “back in stock” notification from Newegg this morning for the X370-Pro, so faster than you can say “1080P gaming” I cancelled my Amazon order and re-ordered that one. It should be here by Wednesday. I was caught a bit off guard by having every single X370 motherboard be out of stock everywhere.

    <phew> …

    *Edit* Supposedly it will be arriving tomorrow, so kudos to Newegg for getting it packaged and out the door quickly. If anyone wants to know how the mobo is, let me know.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      That’s kind of why I ended up with a B350 board (which should also arrive tomorrow). Seemed like by late Thursday afternoon just about everything else was out of stock.

      • terranup16
      • 3 years ago

      [quote<]If anyone wants to know how the mobo is, let me know.[/quote<] Me! I was going to preorder a 1700X + X370 Prime combo but my job is taking a wee bit to get me the bonus I'm waiting on for that. I have been disappointed to not see any of the review systems using the X370 Prime so I'm very interested to see if it's got any dirty laundry or anything since I need to wait to buy anyway.

      • freebird
      • 3 years ago

      Yeah, I had the same issue with my CPU… ordered an 1700X from Amazon, but 3/3 rolled around and they still didn’t have a ship date… so I cancelled and ordered a 1700 from Newegg on 3/3 and should be here today 3/7.

      Ordered my Memory a couple weeks back after seeing prices continue to creep up and hardly any newegg deals on high speed DDR4 the previous month or 2… wouldn’t you know it the next day or two they offered 10% off on a whole slew of DDR4 memory… but I think mine was let off the list.

    • CampinCarl
    • 3 years ago

    Actually, according to my last email, you can get savings on both motherboards and video cards at Microcenter, it’s just not as nice as it usually is. $30 savings on “compatible” motherboards, $20 on “qualifying” video cards.

      • Bauxite
      • 3 years ago

      Literally the same as the intel discount. They have been playing with that one too, around kaby launch it dropped to $20, they were both $40 for awhile a few years back.

    • Geonerd
    • 3 years ago

    Mobo vendor incompetence, or a sign of higher-than-expected CPU sales? Has anyone seen sales numbers?

    • south side sammy
    • 3 years ago

    I bet all of a sudden there will be quite a few ready to buy…… with new BIOS’ . Like the X58, out the door too early.

      • kuraegomon
      • 3 years ago

      Ahhh, good old X58… I have fond memories of… cursing up a damned storm trying to get my P6X58D Deluxe stable. OK, maybe those memories aren’t so fond after all.

        • south side sammy
        • 3 years ago

        P6T deluxe is the one that was on my mind…….. OY! Still, an ASUS product.

    • Tristan
    • 3 years ago

    Intel bought all mobos. It is profitable to buy mobo for 200-300$, and force clients to buy 1000$ CPU with 900$ profit (or 600$ excluding AM4 mobo)

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      Intel should just finish the job by buying all the RyZen chips too.

      They can just write AMD checks until AMD goes bankrupt.

      • Ninjitsu
      • 3 years ago

      >Intel bought all mobos.

      The fact that this made me laugh, convinces me that you’re trolling/joking.

      • Wirko
      • 3 years ago

      And they didn’t even have to buy the cheap ones. No early adopter in their right mind would put their precious R7 chip in a $80-100 mobo.

      • Neutronbeam
      • 3 years ago

      CONFIRMED: Intel is rotten to the cores.

        • Anovoca
        • 3 years ago

        You sir are in-core-igible

          • Neutronbeam
          • 3 years ago

          “Impressive, most impressive.”

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    YOU HAD ONE JOB MOTHERBOARD OEMS!

    ONE JOB!

      • pdjblum
      • 3 years ago

      lol

      • Anovoca
      • 3 years ago

      Must be an LED shortage halting their manufacturing capabilities.

        • Duct Tape Dude
        • 3 years ago

        That would explain why this is Zak’s first article without RGBs.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 3 years ago

          The cooler included with the 1700 has a ring of RGB LEDs. Even Raja is excited.

          [url<]https://techreport.com/news/31470/rumor-ryzen-stock-coolers-and-retail-packaging-pictured[/url<]

        • EndlessWaves
        • 3 years ago

        Nah, it’s clearly insufficient VGA, PCI and USB 2.0 ports

          • Krogoth
          • 3 years ago

          It needs more 3.5mm ports and a floppy disk controller!

            • Anovoca
            • 3 years ago

            I’m sure they can get those 3.5mm bulk open box from Apple.

        • EmbeddedGenius
        • 3 years ago

        F**k the LEDs, I just want a perfectly working Mobo with some beefy looking heatsinks on the MOSFETs..

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      In the office “what will Newegg run out of first?” pool nobody picked motherboards. They could’ve been $5 richer.

        • Mr Bill
        • 3 years ago

        The Asus board available at Newegg is a good one. When I was first looking them over, it would have been my choice for a new build. (ASUS Prime X370-Pro AM4 AMD X370)

          • derFunkenstein
          • 3 years ago

          It wasn’t when I ordered, but that’s one of the ones I might have gone with if it was.

            • freebird
            • 3 years ago

            I went with asrock fata1ty for two slots: U.2/M.2, blue tooth and wireless; the 5GB network might prove useful in the future also.

            Oh yeah, almost forgot, several 3A USB3 charging ports AND a USB gaming mouse port with adjustable polling freq. 125 – 1000 hz; I believe… not sure if it will help much but it shouldn’t hurt…

          • retroboy
          • 3 years ago

          Just look at that beautiful full name for a mobo. I think the oems are working really hard to come up with more “informative” product names. The goal is to exceed the length of a Tweet.

            • Metonymy
            • 3 years ago

            … wonder what chipset it’s using…

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