It seems that launching Intel Coffee Lake CPUs early is taking a toll on Intel. Multiple retailers have reported that they have very limited stock of Intel Coffee Lake CPUs and if that is the case then that means that there is a chance that you might not be able to get one of these CPUs at launch.
You might recall that the launch was supposed to be in Q1 2018 but the launch has been rushed to October 5th, 2017. All things considered supply for Q4 2017 will be very limited and that could have a negative impact on Intel sales. With Intel Coffee Lake CPUs out no one is going to be interested in Kaby Lake.
While that might be the case I can see why people would go for AMD Ryzen instead when they will not be able to get their hands on the latest Intel Coffee Lake CPUs. Keep in mind that AMD Ryzen is offering more cores and threads and the pricing is very competitive. Sources have also revealed that these CPUs won’t be out in Japan until November and that could be due to supply issues as well.
It seems that rushing Intel Coffee Lake might not have been the best move for Intel as low supply will indeed increase prices and people are going to be pissed. I am pretty sure that there will be numerous people that will move to AMD Ryzen instead, keeping in mind that people already need to get new motherboards for Intel Coffee Lake.
From the image, you can see the differences between the previous generation of CPUs and Intel Coffee Lake CPUs. Even though Intel has added cores throughout the board, at the high-end of the spectrum AMD still offers 2 additional cores and at the lower end of the spectrum, AMD is also offering 4 cores.
Furthermore, AMD CPUs come with unlocked multipliers across the boards. On the other hand, on the Intel side of things, you are expected to pay a premium for a K series SKU. It is possible that the upcoming Intel Tiger Lake CPUs will feature 8 cores and 16 threads and we also have some information about Gemini Lake that might interest you.
Let us know what you think about Intel Coffee Lake CPUs and whether or not you are interested in buying one of these CPUs at launch.