If they had problems producing these, I wouldn't think it would have any affect on the supply schedule for the new quad core part. Given AMD's current ability to produce quad core parts, it is very likely that defective Hexacore parts would have at least four functional cores and could then be sold as quad core.
However, if they underestimated demand, reallocating resources to produce more hexacore parts could cause a delay in the release of quad core parts. This seems to be the more likely scenario.
... I'm wondering whether AMD will increase prices.
Unlike with the HD5850, AMD's hexacore processors aren't in the position of be clearly superior to the competition while being priced less than the competition (~$350 for GTX285 vs ~$260 MSRP for HD5850 before price increase). Keep in mind that AMD did not raise the MSRP for the HD5870 (still at ~$380), board manufactures raise those prices themselves. That said, I believe it is more likely that AMD will leave the MSRP for their hexacore processors alone. However, if demand is outstripping supply enough that AMD can raise the MSRP and still have shortages for the foreseeable future (unlikely), then they could and should do so.
very ture that I got the pair of opteron 6168 magny core from newegg for $1500 and dual G34 motherboard about $450. everything with pw and case include plus 16G or ddr3 lessthan $3000. which I got a powerful 24 core workstation. 3d render easly kick ass out of intel 8 core socket 1136 serials.
[citation][nom]regulas[/nom]Bah, PC games can't properly use 2 or 4 cores yet.[/citation]
My simulations certainly can. Gaming isn't everything, plus I don't think these are targeted at gamers, but I could be wrong.
[citation][nom]spks19[/nom]You must mean look at porn. More threads means you can run Firefox, Chrome AND Explorer and have thrice the pRon![/citation]
you forgot AMD ATI's other assistant for that: Eyefinity! that's thrice the pRon!!
" regulas : Bah, PC games can't properly use 2 or 4 cores yet. "
IDK what you've been doing to not have a clue about games in the last 2+ years now there is multi core/thread support in MANY games nowadays. Crysis & Unreal engine based games support it, Grand Theft Auto 4 is multi core supported & ect ...
This also doesn't take into the fact that MOST gamers out there ARE multi taskers like myself.
You tell me how well I'd be able to run 2 im's 2-4 browser windows, a ventrilo voice chat client, Windows Media player 12 AND a game that utilizes more then 2 cores at once on a " dual core cpu " *LOL*
I almost bought one a couple of weeks back at a local retailer. I was a little undecided whether I really wanted one or not, and I asked the guy if he had plenty in case I came back the next day. He said yes, they had a bunch in stock, no worries. So I don't know. Maybe this is simply a ploy to trigger a rush to buy what is really a surplus of parts?
[citation][nom]xbeater[/nom]you forgot AMD ATI's other assistant for that: Eyefinity! that's thrice the pRon!![/citation]
Honestly, the first thing I did when I got Eyefinity setup was put 4 videos on each screen (12 total), just to see what it'd be like. It was epic.
[citation][nom]jitpublisher[/nom]I almost bought one a couple of weeks back at a local retailer. I was a little undecided whether I really wanted one or not, and I asked the guy if he had plenty in case I came back the next day. He said yes, they had a bunch in stock, no worries. So I don't know. Maybe this is simply a ploy to trigger a rush to buy what is really a surplus of parts?[/citation]
Prolly more likely this hasn't retail channel yet but is being felt by manufacturers and system builders.
Short Supply is good, especially in these "tough" times.
Hell, I'm glad i got it the day it came out. I will never switch back to Intel as long as they keep improving and using the same socket it's the cheapest performance boost out there!
Keep'em coming AMD!!!
P.S. the 6 core bad boy rulez for video compression!