Bright Side of News reports that due to poor yields of TSMC's 40nm process AMD has been able to ship only in the very low five figure range of its ATI Radeon HD 5800 series. The site says availability will not significantly improve for weeks to come, and that AMD decided to raise prices by anywhere between $15-25 per card:
Getting back on the subject, we now know the real figures of just how many 5850, 5870, 5750 and 5770 boards AMD sold to its customers, and the number sure ain't pretty. Overall, the allocation of 5800 series is in the very low five figures. If we would compare this to the ATI Radeon 4800 or nVidia GeForce GTX 280 or 285 hard launches - the figures would not be "flattering" for the 5800 series. There are many problems in getting sufficient amount of boards, and the "blame game" does not exist here. It is solely laid on TSMC's inability to manufacture a sufficient amount of chips. One could debate that AMD didn't order enough chips, but if AMD got enough chips - they would not have this situation on their hands.
In order to address the chronic shortage of 5850 and 5870 boards [we heard multiple cases of backlogs being into millions of dollars], AMD decided to raise up the prices by anywhere between $15-25 per card, so the new prices of 5850 will be up from 279.99 to the originally planned $299 and when the stock refreshes, Radeon HD 5870 should go for $399.