Shortage of 8th Gen Intel Processors Is Causing Price Hikes Worldwide

Written by Nitish Singh
Last updated September 23, 2021

8th generation Intel processors are getting more expensive as the chipset manufacturer is unable to keep up with the demands of its users. The company had warned that it might be struggling to keep up with the market demand a few months ago. Some Intel processors are frequently out of stock from most retailers while other products are seeing price increases.

The price increases have mostly affected low-end Intel processors, which are the most popular CPUs in the market. High-end and server chipsets have not been affected. Both brick and mortar stores and online stores are seeing price hike. Only big e-commerce platforms like Amazon have not been affected with ample stock available of most popular CPUs.

Intel responded to the situation stating “Customer demand has continued to improve over the course of the year, fueling growth in every segment of Intel’s business and raising our 2018 revenue outlook $4.5 billion from our January expectations. We will have the supply to meet our announced, full-year revenue outlook and we’re working closely with our customers and factories to manage any additional upside.

The chipset manufacturer confirmed in July that there is an ongoing supply issue with 14nm chipsets. Intel pushing the release of its Cannon Lake processors to 2019 has placed even further pressure on the 8th gen chipsets.

However, while production lines of Intel chipsets have been adversely affected, competitor AMD seems to be doing fine. Both 14nm and 12nm chips are readily available from AMD. Intel’s arch-rival has been performing quite well since the release of its Ryzen-architecture CPUs. The recent launches of Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake processors which also share the same architecture have contributed to the lack of stock. Once the 9000 series go live, the prices of CPUs could be marked up by retailers and sold at exorbitant prices due to the short supply.

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