One Motherboard Maker Explains Why AMD AM4 Boards Are Missing @ Legit Reviews

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We are all familiar with hardware shortages.  When Skylake launched the 6700K version was in high demand and short supply making it difficult to not only find a processor but also find one at a decent price.  The NVIDIA Pascal GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 were both in very short supply after the launch and remained that way for several months.

Normally shortages are a good thing however the impact is not only to the consumer but also to the manufacturer who is depending on sales to make money. 

Legit Reviews hits the phone lines to figure out why we can't get our X370 fix.

If you’ve looked at building an AMD Ryzen 7 system you’ll find that the processors are pretty easy to find, but good luck finding a motherboard. Most of the AMD motherboards based on the X370 and B350 chipsets are out of stock and back-ordered. It doesn’t matter what brand you are looking for as ASUS, ASRock, Biostar, Gigabyte, and MSI are all selling out quickly due to the limited quantities available. Over the past 72 hours we’ve reached out to all of the board makers and AMD to see if we can figure out what is going on

It would seem that the gist of the whole situation is that since AMD has been out of the motherboard game for a long time it was difficult for them to get enough chips out in time to meet the manufacturing demands.  As some of you may know the fabs that make motherboards are fully scheduled  and sometimes need a 6 month lead to ensure that tooling is available and that the staff is properly trained. 

Smaller fabs don't have these tight constraints but, the larger ones that make the majority of our hardware aren't always dedicated to making one particular product.  One week they might be making motherboards while the next they are building control boards for flat screens.

Give it a month, things will turn around.

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