Last year's shortage of Intel processors has not improved in 2019. In fact it will get worse before it gets better. Intel’s CPU shortage is expected to last well into Q2. The demand for Xeon CPUs is expected to finally weaken in the second half of 2019, allowing for more capacity to be available for desktop CPUs. In addition, Intel is expected to have new 14nm capacity join production in the second half of 2019.

We hear in the press daily about how the "shortage in Intel CPUs has been the predominant factor in delayed PC shipments from OEMs, which has pushed his lead time for enterprise customers from an average of 14 days to upward of 120 days. (..) Intel has acknowledged the shortage, which impacts both Core client and Xeon server processors." There have been reports since last year from users "dealing with a supply constraint of the following desktop CPUs: Core i3-8100, Core i5-8400, Core i5-8500, Core i7-8700 and Core i7-8700K."
And low-end CPUs see greater impact. "The shortage will be greater for the Core i3. (..) Previously it has been the Core i5 as the series hit hardest by shortages. The Core i5 series for mainstream models, and the Atom, Celeron and Pentium series for entry level ones saw the most serious shortages in the second half of 2018. Within the Core i5 family, those based on Kaby Lake R architecture featuring a quad-core design instead of the traditional dual-core one had the worst shortfall."
Especially long lead times are associated with Core i processors ending with “T,” which designates low power operation. 
To address “T’s” shortage, Fujitsu with its German-made line of motherboards, has come up with an ingenious solution. All Fujitsu CoffeeLake OEM mainboards offer the option for users to easily configure the processor TDP (Thermal Design Power) via BIOS Setup. This enables the system builder to force the motherboard to reduce the max. processor power according to the specific system needs.
In other words, you can use more readily available higher-power CPU versions like Core i3-8100, Core i5-8400, Core i5-8500, Core i7-8700, or other similar Intel CPUs and restrict their power consumption to be equivalent to those of “T” series. 


D3654-B (mini-STX) / D3674-B (Thin mini-ITX) 
D3642-B (uATX) / D3643-H (uATX) / D3644-B (uATX)
D3634-S (mini-ITX) / D3633-S (mini-ITX w. VPro)
D3641-S (uATX) / D3646-S (ATX)

Examples of usage scenarios:
•Reduce a 35W (TDP) processor to 25W (TDP) or lower in order to operate the system in fanless mode
•Decrease CPU TDP in order to adjust the max. processor power to a possibly limited system cooling capability
•Decrease CPU TDP to 35W in order to use a 65W CPU in a 35W system

Technical details:
The related BIOS setting can be found within BIOS Setup in the section “Power”.
The item is called “CPU TDP Limit”
Please contact Impact, Fujitsu’s exclusive motherboard technical support and selling channel in America, for more instructions.
German-made means U.S. friendly and not subject to "made in China" tariffs. We at Impact will be happy to send you a board for free for evaluation to take advantage of this new feature - please inquire with our office. Optional WiFi/Bluetooth module and other accessories are available, see partial list HERE .
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