I dont think amd have that many quad to sell and therefore its not priced attractively. They want to sell 6c or 8c because its better margins.It's about how people make the purchasing decision and AMD crippled the ST perf for their quads for no reason.
Have you seen anyone at all excited about the quads? I haven't and that's precisely because the ST clocks are too low and bellow expectations.
They had the opportunity to get close in ST to Intel in the sub 200$ segment and they just missed it.
They win in MT, they have more L3$, longer life for the socket and unclocked but they create a huge headwind with the ST clocks.
It's the difference between not needing to even think about what to purchase (and chose AMD by default) and pondering about it for days.
And remember it's self inflicted, AMD made a major miscalculation when "calibrating" these SKUs and it will be very costly from a financial point of view.
1500X 3.5/3.7GHz with 200MHz XFR at 189$
1400 3.2/3.4GHz with 50MHz at 169$
What if AMD had
3.6/4GHz plus 100MHz XFR (or even without as long as they list 4GHz ) at 199$
3.4/3.8 at 179$
3.2/3.4 at 149$
Can you really say that my proposed SKUs would not lead to much better sales?
It not only makes the line a lot more appealing but they would also reach lower price points so quite a bit more customers now not in the second half.
The top 2 SKUs with slightly higher ASPs than their offering, would likely lead to a somewhat similar overall ASP for the R5 quads but much higher volumes.
Just by listing lower turbo clocks than Intel they lose a lot of customers as a large chunk of people will chose on clocks, just like they chose GPUs based on amount of VRAM.
What AMD did is dumb and they need to adjust the quads right now before launch.
In my opinion the entire stack is sold 10% to high and they will have to lower prices. But hey if server eats all the dies they probably dont care that much anyway but ajusting prices gradually is damn stupid as i have explained months back.
And yeaa nothing like product shortages is good for your brand.
They dont quite get the branding dicipline yet.