Are you seriously implying that this is a conspiracy? How does that make any sense. If they fake a shortage when they actually have a surplus in order to raise prices that will drive more customers to AMD and they'll be left with a huge stock of "secret" cpus that they manufactured that remain unsold. How does making a product but not selling it net you more money? When you have a surplus you lower the price in order to sell more because selling a product for less nets you more revenue than not selling it at all. These Intel conspiracy theories are getting more ridiculous every year. Somehow THIS is a more plausible reason to some people when a product cost is high than it actually being expensive and difficult to make. Even when that product is one of the most complex feats of physics ever achieved by electronic engineers. No there can't be a shortage because it's difficult to make this cutting edge tech, it MUST be a conspiracy. I've never seen people want to see a company fail so badly.