AMD's shortage of Athlon 64 X2 processors is hurting system builders across the board and could threaten the company's partnership with the channel, CRN reports.
"It's virtually impossible to find any desktop parts with the exception of old technology [such as] 939- and 754-pin. This is by far the worst shortage that AMD has ever had in the 15 years I've been selling AMD parts," said Bob Milliam, CEO of NowMicro, a system builder in St. Paul, Minn.
Many white-box manufacturers last week put the blame squarely on AMD's new partnership with Dell. And they were less than forgiving about the supply problem, which has been building since the end of the second quarter and has escalated to near-drought conditions. Dell started shipping its first AMD-based PCs this summer.
"It's a fiasco. There's no product in the channel. It's all going to Dell," said Glen Coffield, president of CheapGuys, a system builder in Orlando, Fla. "AMD is divorcing the channel."