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We’re now a few days into the second quarter of the year and Intel’s quad-core Core 2 Quad ‘Yorkfield’ processors are still not widely available.

This is despite the fact that the company announced at CES that its 45nm quad-core desktop processors would be delivered to market by the end of the first quarter.

When we spoke to Intel’s representatives out in Shanghai, we were told to “check our local online retailer.†Heading over to both Scan and Overclockers UK reveals that the Core 2 Quad Q9300 (2.5GHz, 6MB L2 cache) is available—in both retail and OEM packaging.

The Q9450 (2.66GHz, 12MB L2 cache) is only available from OcUK—and conspicuously not in retail form—with “10+†listed in stock at the time of publication. Meanwhile, the faster Q9550 (2.83GHz, 12MB L2 cache) is not available at either retailer – we had a look around a few other retailers, but they had even less stock (of the cheaper models) than Scan and Overclockers UK.

Demand for these products is exceedingly high, we’re told, and Intel is aware of the problems with availability of its desktop chips. Indeed, availability of the 45nm Harpertown-based Xeon chips looks to be pretty good, although interestingly the 2.5GHz Xeon 5320 parts are not available. The Xeon 5410 and 5430 (2.33GHz and 2.67GHz) are available, as are the 2.83GHz and 3.00GHz 5440 and 5450 chips.

This suggests that there aren’t issues with the yield, but Intel is taking care of the more lucrative server market first. After all, the power savings as a result of moving an entire data centre to 45nm processors would be significant. The question remains then, when will we see Intel’s quad-core 45nm processors widely available on the market?

Intel is apparently working to free up some fab space to deliver 45nm desktop quad-core processors to the market, but it may take days—or even weeks—for that to filter out onto the market.

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I was gonna get a Q9550, but i'm going to settle for the 9450 due to availability.
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Intel is pumping these 45nm chips into laptops. Normally Intel launches processors in the Server -> Desktop -> Mobile time frame. However with Penryn they released Server -> Mobile -> Desktop. A lot of laptop OEM's ONLY offer 45nm's. This means that Intel's resources are going to the higher margin laptop and server markets before they come to the desktop market. Besides the Q6600 is a beast!

If the US economy continues to weaken (won't be surprising) expect a surplus of chips by summer.
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This means that Intel's resources are going to the higher margin laptop and server markets before they come to the desktop market.
Makes perfect sense. It sucks for us, but I can't blame them for focusing more attention where the highest proficts are.

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If the US economy continues to weaken (won't be surprising) expect a surplus of chips by summer.
Cripes, I hope it doesn't take that long. I've been delaying my build since November, I would really like to get this ball rolling by the end of April! I was giving the 9550 a hard look, but like MrHarris, I might just settle for a 9450 at this point. (Should have pulled the trigger a few days ago, when I saw them in stock at TankGuys...they were gone when I checked back last night.)
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We're gobbling up every bit of supply we see on these quads. I've had to work every angle possible to snag them. We scored a few hundred this week (RETAIL even), starting to arrive tomorrow. It's been funny to watch the distributor ETAs/QTYs... the expected quantities keep falling, and the ETAs keep getting pushed back.

Dual core chips look to ease up fairly soon, but quads look to be tight for at least another month.
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I see that Tankguys is selling mobile 45nm. Boy I would love to make a low power PC using one of those. Too bad no one has any socket P motherboards.
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I doubt this recession will have much effect on intel.
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I doubt this recession will have much effect on intel.
People are not going to be buying new PC's if they don't have jobs or money is tight. In recent history, it seems the technology sector is bullet proof to economic problems, however, I think they will feel the effects here. Its a good thing if your in the market for a processor!
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