I am not sure what kick Sylvie is on over at the Inq but she has a rather humorous story up today. It is not funny in the traditional sense but it is funny in that it is a very unusual item for anyone to write about.
The article is all about 3rd, 4th, and 5th tier review sites not getting CPUs and other kit from Intel, for free, to review. Why Sylvie has chosen to be their hero I am not sure but she goes on to lambast Intel for not responding to e-mails, not supplying product, etc. Although towards the end she does mention that it might all be a case of real lack of supply and too large a demand.
Intel has one of the larger distribution lists for review samples out there. While other companies like nVidia and AMD have a more limited supply. There have even been rumors that if you do not write the way nVidia likes it, well you won't see samples in the future.
But then again over the last few weeks Sylvie has not out much that is complementary to Intel including making this statement about winners of a core i7 Extreme. "Hmmm... hopefully the experience will be worth the long wait!"
Have a little Chuckle here.
Of course, one could posit something about US export laws to Iran being problematic for a big US firm like Intel, but even reviewers in the States have reported being snubbed by choosy Chipzilla reps.
"Requests for Core i7 have gone largely unanswered, or been blown off in face-to-face convos," the INQ was told by tech blog Icrontic's news editor. Another writer chipped in, "We can't get jack from Intel. It's always 'We don't have any kit to give away right now' and 'we'll get back to you'."