As positive as reviews of the 3rd generation Ryzen desktop CPUs has been, it matters for nought if AMD cannot get them into the hands of customers. Sadly it appears that the top-end Ryzen 9 3900X in particular is facing some pretty significant stocking woes which, according to one European retailer, is unlikely to be alleviated for at least another 2-3 weeks. That's bad news for PC enthusiasts in the EU who were looking forward to get to grips with the new 12-core/24-thread part before the end of the summer.
A recent post on the Tweakers.net uncovered by Hardware Info addresses the Ryzen 9 3900X stock issues facing Azerty Hardware, a system and component retailer based in the Netherlands. They state that pre-orders outstripped supply by ten to one, and orders would be fulfilled on a first-come, first-serve basis. More pertinently, the Azerty Hardware representative claims that it would be another 2-3 weeks before distributors would be restocking the part (after which there would be a subsequent lead time before they reach retailers).
By all accounts Azerty Hardware is an AMD launch partner, entitling them to priority status for initial and follow-on resupply. If reflected more widely across Europe it could mean significant shortages deep into the summer at all etailers, UK included. This would also be a ripe environment for less scrupulous businesses to ratchet up the pricing well above the MSRP, thereby exploiting the challenging market conditions.
Ryzen 5 and 7 models are much more plentiful, and may better suit the actual needs of consumers rather than satisfy (quite reasonable) desires for 'the next big thing'. Those on the fence may be well served by dialling down their Ryzen requirements, and roll the money saved into other components such as a PCIe 4.0 SSD, higher-specced motherboard or faster GPU.
It's anybody's guess what this means for the Ryzen 9 3950X launch. Nonetheless, AMD's aggressive binning strategy could also mean that stock of this SKU will be low, and so interested parties should plan accordingly.
SOURCE: Hardware Info (Dutch)