Intel's new six-core Core i7-980X processor is shipping, but supply is tight even for a chip priced at around $1,000.
The advent of the 980X is big news in Japan's gadget hot spots like Akihabara, where its scarcity hasn't stopped vendors from hawking big rigs packed with the latest hardware.
Ascii, one Japan's leading publishers of gadget news, is trumpeting the arrival of the 980X while warning the build-your-own crowd that availability of the standalone boxed processor is unclear. "It is regrettable that boxed retail processor sales are not happening yet...and it is completely unclear when build-your-own consumers will be able to get a hold of the chip," Ascii wrote.
Dospara, a leading retailer in Tokyo's Akihabara district, said, when contacted by phone, that it had a few 980X systems in store--but "only a few"--and the near-future availability was uncertain.
Intel would not comment.
But this sort of delay may be typical for a spanking new processor. Kelt Reeves, CEO of high-end box supplier Falcon Northwest, said he is able to get the 980X by buying individual boxed retail processors and putting them into systems. Typically, Intel chips are bought in large quantities, such as 1,000 units, that come in trays. "We'll take what we can get," he said.
A representative at Velocity Micro--a reseller of high-end boxes--said that… Read more