GPD Win Max 2 facing delays due to lack of Ryzen 7 7840U chips
The company claims that AMD breached the contract by not supplying Ryzen APUs on time.
GPD, a long-time AMD partner known for their clamshell design handheld consoles, has introduced the Win Max 2. Their product lineup predominantly features AMD hardware due to its graphics performance compared to Intel chips. However, the Win Max 2 is encountering delays, and GPD is attributing this setback to AMD.
In an update posted on their crowdfunding page, GPD has shed light on the shipment delays for the Win Max 2, which stem from an insufficient supply of AMD chips. These processors were intended to be delivered in batches, but it appears that the second batch of Ryzen 7 7840U APUs did not arrive as scheduled. The company has even gone so far as to accuse AMD of breaching their contract by failing to deliver chips on time to their upstream supplier, which has seemingly led to the production delays for the console.
It’s quite unusual to come across such posts from board and OEM partners, especially those whose product portfolio heavily relies on AMD chips. The company also offers models like Win Mini (7840U/7640U), Win 4 (7840U/7640U), and Pocket 3, which is based on the Intel Tiger Lake SoC. In this situation, GPD finds itself in a bit of a bind, with their only recourse being to await the shipment and keep their backers updated regularly.
On a related note, this situation serves as a good example of why gamers should exercise caution when preordering hardware from companies primarily operating in the crowdfunding space.