The Register meldt in dit artikel dat PC boeren kennelijk grote problemen hebben met het leveren van high-end processors zoals de 1GHz Athlon en Pentium III. Zo zou ons kleine kikkerlandje flinke problemen hebben met het leveren van 1GHz Athlons:
But it seems that it's not only Intel which is finding it difficult to supply high end processors. According to system integrators in the Netherlands, it is hard to find clock high speeds for Thunderbirds too.
One source said: "At www.norrod.nl it seems that the highest clocked AMD Thunderbird available is 900MHz and for Intel it would be 866MHz. AMD should wait until October with their 1.2GHz launch until they can produce enough 1GHz/1.1GHz parts. The same story for Intel here."
This situation may be peculiar to The Netherlands only. One reader said: "The fastest AMD procesor you can buy (stand alone) in the Netherlands is the Thunderbird 950Mhz. I found it here. A 1GHz is indeed harder to find, but then again we're used to get the best things when the rest of the world already has it."
Another Dutch reader commented: "I'd like to point out in reference to your article that unavailability of GHz Athlons in The Netherlands is in no way an indication of delivery problems with that part. As a long time inhabitant of The Netherlands, I can attest to the fact that all high end hardware devices take absolutely forever to filter their way down into the Dutch channel. This has always been the case, and we're used to it by now. We expect the GHz Athlons to become available before the end of the decade, and at a price point that would put Intel's overpriced bits to shame. Like I said, we're used to it."
Not like Akihabara in Japan, then, nor like Finland, Sweden or Germany, where readers report there are plenteous quantities of 1GHz Athlons. [break]Zoals je hierboven kunt lezen schijnt de rest van Europa niets van 1GHz Athlons tekorten af te weten.
De 1GHz Pentium III is echter een ander verhaal. Vanwege grote hitteproblemen met de huidige versie wordt er nu een nieuwe stepping C gemaakt om dit weer te fixen. Het gevolg is dat de levering van de PIII-1GHz al weken plat ligt:[/break] According to the PC vendors, there has been no production delivery of Pentium III 1GHz flip chips for around three weeks.
The current stepping of the Pentium III 1GHz is B1, but Intel engineers have told their PC vendors that stepping C would eliminate heat problems they have encountered with the microprocessor.
This news also throws light on the 1GHz situation in the distributor-dealer channel. Although 1GHz FC-PGA microprocessors are listed, dealers are unable to obtain the part.