XMG facing ‘serious’ AMD Ryzen 7 4800H Renoir CPU shortage

Published: 3rd Aug 2020, 14:05 GMT   Comments

Shipment of certain Ryzen 4000H notebooks may take more time, pricing likely to increase.

XMG has an order backlog of 1600 XMG Core 15 ‘AMD’ units

XMG received confirmation from their Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) that they are facing a serious CPU supply shortage of Ryzen 4000H processors. The orders made by XMG to be shipped by middle to late August have now been postponed till the end of September, XMG representative confirmed on Reddit.

The information has been confirmed by XMG directly with AMD, that the CPU manufacturer is facing an industry-wide shortage of Renoir CPUs. The orders made by XMG have been allocated and will be delivered. This ensures that the existing preorders of Ryzen 7 4800H notebooks will be fulfilled. However, it is mentioned later in the post that the pricing of their notebooks based on Renoir-silicon could increase, which to be expected when the supply is lower than demand. Naturally, this will not affect future preorders.

XMG:

On July 31 we received an announcement from our ODM that we are facing a serious CPU shortage from AMD in Q3 2020. Large orders that have recently been confirmed to be shipped from our ODM in the middle and end of August are now supposed to be delayed until the end of September.

This is explained by a serious uptick in demand from larger brands and by what we assume bottlenecks in AMD’s production capacities.

Upon receiving this news on Friday (July 31), we reached out to our corporate contacts in AMD who confirmed that this is an industry-wide shortage and there is no way around it. We currently have an order backlog with our ODM on Ryzen 7 4800H of over 1600 units. Both AMD and our ODM have confirmed that our demand has been allocated (meaning: we will get those CPUs), but the goods won’t reach our ODM before End of September.

The company is now offering an option to switch to different components, either downgrade the CPU to 4600H, lower the capacity of the battery, or even switch to Intel Core i7-10750H.

AMD vs Intel from notebook manufacturer’s perspective

The representative has also touched on a ‘sensitive’ topic, which is a choice of either AMD or Intel processors for high-end gaming laptops. Advantages of the Intel platform for gamers have been listed (quote):

XMG:

While AMD has all the momentum right now, let us also not forget the advantages of the Intel platform.

  • Better Gaming performance on average
  • More PCIe lanes for the GPU
  • Slightly better iGPU driver support, because AMD does not include model-specific hotfixes and customizations into the mainline driver. Instead, they “vouch” to release OEM drivers to their partners only every 6 month until… well, until the product is EOL

Check the full statement from XMG via the link below.

Source: XMG on Reddit via Igor’sLAB




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