Intel Skylake Series Processor Shortage Continues Months After Launch
There is no doubt that ever since its announcement, an incredibly high number of people have had their eyes on Intel’s latest Skylake CPU series. For some, it was just time to upgrade from their old 2nd or 3rd gen processors to the latest 6th gen while for others, especially the enthusiasts, it was simply about staying up to date with the latest hardware.
Whatever the reason for switching to Skylake processors maybe, the shortage in stock ever since the series launched 4 months ago shows that the demand for these processors is very high and even more so in the case of enthusiast grade overclockable ones.
According to a report by MotleyFool, almost all the major retailers of these Intel CPUs run out of stock within a short while of restocking. People are even willing to pay a higher amount than the official retail tag for these processors. One such instance occurred in Amazon where the Core i7 6700K processor being sold at $420, which retails at $350, was out of stock within 30 minutes of having been restocked at the seller.
It is somewhat disappointing to see Intel being unable to cope with the massive demand even after months of launch but perhaps that is to be expected when a company pretty much holds a monopoly in the market. There is also the factor that the demand for Skylake processors, being built on 14nm node, is higher than some of the previous generations featuring 22nm technology.