AMD ramps up Ryzen 5000 supply to counter Rocket Lake availability advantage
A report out of China has claimed that AMD Ryzen 5000 parts will have greater availability in the second quarter of this year. According to ChannelGate (via MyDrivers), Team Red has managed to bump up supply by 20% to try to deal with the demand for Zen 3 desktop processors. While a 20% increase over the first quarter in terms of supply will still be far from meeting all consumer requirements, it is at least a step in the right direction.
Whether AMD sees Intel’s Rocket Lake as a direct threat to Ryzen 5000’s continued success or not is irrelevant at the present time because of the issues with availability. While many reviewers have been collectively shaking their heads at the 11th Gen desktop parts from Intel, especially in regard to the top-end i9-11900K SKU, it seems likely many desktop PC builders will resort to a purchase simply out of frustration or discontent with the AMD chip shortage.
AMD has had to deal with huge chip demands, as it’s not only Ryzen 5000 that has been snagging all the available 7nm silicon coming from TSMC’s fabs. Both Microsoft and Sony have been knocking on AMD’s door for the custom processors required by the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 consoles, and of course Team Red has also upped the demand itself with the release of Zen 3 EPYC Milan server chips. Hopefully, those looking for one of the powerful high-end Ryzen 9 5000 processors will soon be able to find something priced closer to MSRP.