Mirroring Compal's predictions, Asustek CEO Jerry Shen said that Intel's CPU shortage will continue into the 2nd quarter of 2019. However, Asus also pointed out that Intel is prioritizing high end Xeon and Core production, and that the shortages are mostly affecting entry-level CPUs. The company said that Intel is maintaining its shipments to the gaming PC and server sectors, and that their gaming PC business "has seen little impact from the CPU shortfalls." The continued CPU supply crunch, escalating US-China trade disputes, and increasing competition in the notebook segment in Europe have pressed down Asustek's "operational visibility" for the fourth quarter of 2018 to the lowest level of 20% compared to an over 50% seen in previous years, Shen said. Although Intel has pledged to address the supply issues since September and has continued to pour investments to ramp up output from its 10nm process, the tight CPU supplies have not been solved as the US chipmaker has given the priority to the production of high-end Xeon and Core series CPUs, instead of CPUs for the entry-level or other consumer models, Shen indicated.