Enthusiasts who are planning to upgrade to Intel’s new 11th Gen Core “Rocket Lake-S” processors should do so sooner rather than later, as the company is reportedly facing supply issues that will result in a shortage of these chips in the very near future. The news comes from Wccftech, which received a statement from Intel suggesting that it’s struggling with securing crucial semiconductor components and substrates for manufacturing its CPUs. These shortages are expected to result in select SKUs (e.g., Core i7 and Core i5 models) being a lot more difficult to find in the upcoming quarter.
Exclusive: Demand To Exceed Supply For Intel Rocket Lake Due To Substrate Shortage https://t.co/WpygirvYCG pic.twitter.com/IGTG1UKGMG— Wccftech (@wccftech) April 5, 2021
• Intel has been reporting substrate shortages to key partners throughout last week.
• Intel Q1 allocations for Rocket Lake are quite good so the SKUs will be available close to MSRP for at least a few weeks if not more.
• Unfortunately, due to substrate shortages, Q2 allocations for Rocket Lake are going to be hit hard.
• Allocations will be favored towards the top of the stack first, Core i9; so Core i7 and Core i5 will be the most impacted.
• Considering Intel is in a far better position to manage supply than TSMC-AMD (which unlike Intel foundry is not just substrate-constrained but capacity-constrained as well), we expect any premiums to be lower than AMD Ryzen.