February 18, 2011

Report: Intel's Sandy Bridge Recall To Reduce Price Of Lower-End Notebooks

Todd Swank, vice president of marketing at Burnsville, Minn.-based system builder Nor-Tech, said the recall has created a shortage of Nor-Tech systems running on the Sandy Bridge platform, which has already affected the price of those systems -- by making them more expensive, not less.

"We have seen a lot of shortages in our desktop Core i3 and core i5 products, and prices have gone up on those systems," Swank said. "We're guessing that that's because of the Sandy Bridge delay. OEMS are having to buy everything they can among current products, causing shortages. As a result, it's either very hard to get the product, or you have to pay more for it."

Swank said system builders have had to adjust to the unusual situation of facing a shortage in the supply of processors, while they wait for more shipments from Intel.

"We're hearing that products are supposed to start freeing up in March, but at this time we just have to wait to get the product," Swank said. "It's been a while since there's been a CPU shortage like this."

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