Intel's 10th gen CPU shipments could be pushed back to June due to coronavirus
We have been seeing so many benchmarks and specs for the upcoming 10th gen desktop and laptop CPUs in the past weeks, but products integrating these chips are still not available. The initial plan to launch these processors by Q1 2020 quickly fell apart when Intel announced extended supply shortage problems and now it looks like the coronavirus global pandemic could mess with the shipment schedules even further.
This possibility is revealed by a slide that is said to be coming straight from Intel, which was spotted by Unikoshardware.com along with a real-life picture of the upcoming Core i5-10400 CPU. The slide instructs Intel employees on what information they are allowed to reveal to media outlets, with a press news embargo period set between April 13 and June 26, 2020. Apparently, the supply chains will not be affected, but the delays may be caused by motherboard manufacturers that had to reschedule production times due to coronavirus concerns.
Intel may also consider releasing certain models in an initial wave scheduled for April, while other models could be scheduled for a May and June release. We have already seen pricing information for desktop chips leaked by European retailers up to the i5-10600 CPU, so all these models could be included in the April wave, whereas the i7 and i9 shipments may be scheduled for May and June.
Intel’s shipments are certainly not the only ones affected by coronavirus. AMD’s high-end Navi GPUs and Nvidia's Ampere GPUs could also end up delayed from mid-2020 to Q3 2020.