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AMD’s Ryzen 7 processors are officially available and following positive reviews, many are looking into building a new AMD-based system at the moment. Unfortunately, there is one thing standing in the way- motherboard supply. Right now it seems that X370 and to a lesser extent B350 motherboards are becoming very difficult to find in stock, with retailers like Overclockers UK, Amazon and more stuck with offering pre-orders while they await new shipments. With so many readers emailing us complaining they aren’t buying a Ryzen CPU until motherboard stock is available (and our public poll showed 33% of readers were holding off on a purchase for the time being) we spoke with our industry sources to find out when we can expect new AM4 availability, alongside why this problem arose in the first place.

Let’s start with the root of the problem. We already know that retail Ryzen CPUs are great, we have even given our highest gold award to both the Ryzen 7 1800x and 1700x. However, Ryzen wasn’t always looking this promising and from what we have heard from insiders, motherboard makers were less than impressed with the first Ryzen engineering samples they received some time before the launch. As a result many major motherboard manufacturers held off on making a lot of stock available as they were unsure how well X370 and B350 boards would actually sell.

It wasn’t until later sample revisions and reviews arrived that things started to look so positive. Unfortunately, this didn’t leave much time for major motherboard manufacturers to boost their stock, leaving us with a shortage for the time being. Right now if you look for X370 motherboards on Amazon UK, you will only find four listed, two from ASUS and two from MSI with all four models out of stock. Overclockers UK has a much wider selection of motherboards to choose from but they are all listed as ‘pre-order’ currently.

According to our industry source, the major motherboard manufacturers have been scrambling to get UK stocks in the wake of Ryzen’s successful launch. From what we have heard, those of you waiting to build a system will be able to pick up a range of X370 motherboards within the next two weeks, at which point stock should return to healthy levels. This can only be good for AMD sales, as it seems somewhat pointless buying Ryzen if you are having a problem getting a proper motherboard to pair up with it.










Source:http://www.kitguru.net/tech-news/featured-announcement/matthew-wilson/what-is-going-on-with-am4-x370-motherboard-stock/



Pretty disappointing if true. Been among those affected too. CPU sitting on a table for a week with no ETA on mobo availability. Shambles of a launch for AMD.
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Another article from a different website. Credit to another forumer that posted in the 1800X club thread
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One Motherboard Maker Explains Why AMD AM4 Boards Are Missing


“It’s all about the bad coordination, bad communication, bad support and bad timing to launch this platform in my opinion. With all these issues, none of us could start manufacture the boards sooner. Also, in January and February, all board vendors’ production lines were occupied with Intel 200 series boards before Chinese New Year and tried to ship as much boards as we can to ensure we won’t have stock issues while Asia was on New Year vacation.
In late December, AMD decided to pull in the launch date (it was scheduled to launch in late Q2) and launched it right after Chinese New Year but AMD keep the CPU supply quantity secret from us the whole time. They only shared the data 2 weeks before the launch, we didn’t understand why they were doing it. Also, their BIOS team and engineers were doing terrible jobs on supporting us on the BIOS microcode updates, driver updates, CPU samples for testing. They have done nothing they should have been doing to support the launch platform partners and always delay or give no response on support requests. We were all having huge issues to debug with limited AMD resource support including validating the parts, and fixing the memory clock speed that is all limited by AMD.
In general, it’s been too long for AMD to launch a new CPU, so they forgot how to do it, so they launched the CPU just like they were launching the graphics card. They didn’t care about the platform eco-system, so the eco-system is suffering and stock is delayed.
We are flying in new batches every 3 days to try to fulfill the back orders ASAP, so they should be all back in stock soon. With all the board reviews released, per Newegg and Amazon, the AMD memory limitation issue is slowing down the sales though.
We need your help to feedback that to AMD as well on their supports issues.” – Anonymous Motherboard Manufacturer

Source: http://www.legitreviews.com/one-motherboard-maker-explains-why-amd-am4-boards-are-missing_192470#tDhl4dXI3eUtqJsD.99



Edited by Nickyvida - 3/10/17 at 9:45am
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You have to keep checking Newegg. I see lots of boards on back-order.
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AMD really needs to learn how to launch a product
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You have to keep checking Newegg. I see lots of boards on back-order.

Mine was a preorder(CPU+Mobo) from a retail store though since Feb 24th. Not many have gotten the boards in stock over here even though the CPU is roughly available at the same time.


What's the point of launching a CPU this early without a motherboard to plug it in? thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif
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Mobo makers well all over Ryzen before launch but at launch their mobos seem underdeveloped on the software part, sure hardware is kinda there for the most part but the UEFI and stock are missing and they might be hesitant to sell many more before they have better UEFIs to ship with the newer made boards...

Some of the AMD quality assurance seems missing on launch day products of the platform. Mobos not ready, OS not ready.
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Mobo makers well all over Ryzen before launch but at launch their mobos seem underdeveloped on the software part, sure hardware is kinda there for the most part but the UEFI and stock are missing and they might be hesitant to sell many more before they have better UEFIs to ship with the newer made boards...

Some of the AMD quality assurance seems missing on launch day products of the platform. Mobos not ready, OS not ready.

All in all it smacks of being too rushed. The delay is only going to turn people over to Intel, at least for those who couldn't wait and returned thier R7's &ordered Z270s which are plenty in stock instead. There are a few cases in here already. Could be more outside.
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So mobo manufactures thought it was going to be crap and decided not to stock up....that's awesome. Also shows why their BIOS are garbage as well.
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Some of the AMD quality assurance seems missing on launch day products of the platform. Mobos not ready, OS not ready.

I would hardly blame AMD for that
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So mobo manufactures thought it was going to be crap and decided not to stock up....that's awesome. Also shows why their BIOS are garbage as well.

Both should share blame, there's another post down from the OP that explains the situation from the mobo makers side.
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