Following the announcement by chipmaker Intel Corporation and chip designer Advanced Micro Devices, Inc (AMD) to stop selling products in the Russian Federation as a result of US Department of Commerce sanctions, reports in the Russian press indicate that both companies’ products are being sold by online retailers.
These reports were provided by the Chinese news outlet ITHome in a short piece that also appears with a report from the Russian publication CNews that claims AMD’s latest CPUs are being utilized with older motherboards.
The ITHome story is short, citing only the Russian press to say that AMD and Intel processors are accessible in Russia through e-commerce stores. AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series processors, which were released in 2020, and Intel’s Tiger Lake-H processors, which were released last year, are examples. These devices’ prices, according to ITHome, have decreased from January’s highs.
Intel’s 12 generation processors, also known as Alder Lake, are also mentioned in the article. These were introduced in January and were made using the company’s latest semiconductor production technology. According to ITHome, pricing for Alder Lake goods and “high-end Ryzen” are also lower than prior highs.
The magazine also includes a brief analysis from Russian sources stating that shops have ample incentives to inflate prices due to the rapid depreciation of the Ruble and supply uncertainty as a result of AMD and Intel’s decision to discontinue delivering their products to Russia.
The revelation that AMD Ryzen 5000 processors will be available in Russia comes as CNews reports that customers of these chips will be allowed to utilize older motherboards with them. Users who have managed to get their hands on a Ryzen 5 product can just put it in on an older motherboard courtesy of backward compatibility, according to CNews. Board makers such as ASUS have also stopped selling their goods in Russia.
In addition, CNews gives information on the channels via which Intel and AMD products are distributed in Russia. It explains that, even though AMD’s products are overpriced due to supply constraints, certain buyers can still purchase them. While Western trading platforms have ceased operations in Russia, the country still has access to Chinese and Kazakhstani shops, as well as open borders with both countries, according to the journal.
As a result, Russian consumers who want to buy an AMD product can do so through these platforms, and thanks to backward compatibility, they won’t have to worry about buying new motherboards for the items. Importantly, CNews specifies the A320, B350, and X370 chipsets as being particularly beneficial for AMD products, and AMD just announced compatibility for those boards with the Ryzen 5000.
Sanctions imposed by the US government on Russia are intended at stopping the country’s military from gaining new capabilities. They also provide users such as non-governmental groups access to things that would otherwise be prohibited. Following the announcement of the sanctions, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world’s largest contract chip producer, announced that it will follow the new rules. Russia also has its processors, known as the Baikal series.
These are made in the United Kingdom and include designs by British design firm Arm Ltd. However, the country cannot produce cutting-edge semiconductors, with the United States, Taiwan, and South Korea being the only three countries in the world capable of doing so.