Dutch store places limit on orders Intel CPUs due to scarcity

Oct

2

2018

Azerty limits the number of Intel processors that can be ordered up to two per customer. The webshop says that to do because of scarcity of the CPUs. The prices of Intel CPUs have already risen sharply at the store, as with many other stores.

At the relevant Intel cpu’s Azerty shows a logo indicating that a maximum of two can be ordered. On a separate page , the web store explains that it is necessary to introduce this limitation due to scarcity. Azerty does not know how long the shortage will last, but says to remove the limit if the processors are better available again.

The prices of Intel CPUs have risen sharply in recent weeks, also at Azerty. The popular Intel Core i7-8700K now costs around 500 euros for all providers in the Pricewatch. A few weeks ago the cpu was for sale for about 350 euros.

The shortage has arisen because Intel does not have enough production capacity on its 14nm process to meet the demand. Recently, the processor maker announced that it would invest an additional billion dollars in the production facilities where 14nm is being used. In the meantime, Intel is working on its 10nm process, but it is not until the end of 2019 that consumer processors make use of it.

How long the deficits and the high prices will continue is not clear. As far as is known, other large web shops have not yet introduced any order limits. Currently most cpu’s are still available, but for much higher prices than before.

Update 17:39: Other stores, at least Megekko and Alternate, limit the number of Intel cpu’s that customers can order, but only indicate that in the shopping basket when customers actually want to order more than the limit.

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