Today is not Intel’s day from the looks of it; the company rolled out benchmarks for its i9-9900K and instantly faced a backlash. Reportedly, they faked its chips gaming benchmarks while marketing it as the “fastest gaming cpu.” Well, more trouble for Intel now as Asus has expressed concerns for Z390 shipments.
According to Asus, it wants to make sure their line of Z390 motherboards isn’t delayed but Intel might fail to meet demand. As a result, Asus would have to delay its shipments. This could also partly impact the sales of i9-9900K CPUs. Especially with consumers who are looking forward to combing their i9-9900K with Asus Z390 boards, the top of the lineup chipsets available.
Ideally, this should take the most of the focus from Z370,” Jackie Hsu, VP and director at Asus, says. However, based on the current Intel supply chain, we are afraid they cannot fulfill their customers’ demand so we still need to maintain a small supply of Z370 to fulfill our customers’ demand. I think that this is the plan we are going to stick to, unless Intel can fulfill. But, until now, we haven’t got the confident answer saying they will fulfill.
The good news for you is that the i9 series is backward compatible with Z370 boards. Asus can push its Z370 lineup in case Intel fails to meet demand. Right now manufacturing constraints are affecting pretty much every Intel product. The Z390 chipset could be in short supply if Asus’s concerns hold any merit.
But we are expecting the situation to improve in the coming months. Asus is one of the largest distributors of chipsets in the world. The company cannot afford to delay its product in the middle of i9’s rollout. The consumer would simply look at other options.