Graphics card, motherboard, and laptop shipments crashed last month

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According to a Digitimes report, sales of motherboard and graphics cards fell 30 – 50 percent in China last month and aren’t expected to show signs of improvement until at least July. When the outbreak began in China, factories in the country and its neighbors shut down, and local demand for components came to a near stop. While many have now reopened, the effects on the supply chain are still being felt.

It’s not just the PC component market that’s suffering; laptop sales among the five largest vendors were down 40 percent in February because of low demand and shipment delays. The only two companies that managed to ship more than one million notebooks during the month were Dell and Lenovo.

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Before the coronavirus, some believed motherboards and graphics cards would see a seasonal increase in demand during Q3 2020, but the lasting disruption could mean that prediction won't come to pass. It’s likely that CPUs will also see reduced sales and demand.

Digitimes adds that AMD, Nvidia, and Intel are all expected to miss their target forecasts due to weaker sales in the first half of the year.

The drop in demand could result in companies offering discounts on their products to encourage more buying. We’ve already seen AMD do this with its Ryzen 3000 CPUs, which have had their prices reduced by $25 - $50. Some of the processors come with a three-month Xbox Game Pass, usually costing $29.99. The situation is also probably why Nvidia is delaying its GTC news and postponing the release of its Ampere-based graphics cards.

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veLa

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I'm assuming this is why you can find some great deals on older and mainstream hardware right now.

I just ordered a Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 8GB for $132. Not for my main system, but for my second system. Should be a solid performer at 1080p. Really looking forward to getting my hands on it this Monday.
 

hahahanoobs

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I'm assuming this is why you can find some great deals on older and mainstream hardware right now.

I just ordered a Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 8GB for $132. Not for my main system, but for my second system. Should be a solid performer at 1080p. Really looking forward to getting my hands on it this Monday.
Nice! I snagged a 2700X on sale for $153us. Even I couldn't pass that up.
 
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It's surprising how many people do NOT know that a great deal of components and pieces of components are manufactured in China ..... but of course, due to the very low cost it would be hard to find another country that has such a low labor rate AND still has the technical savvy to do the work ...
 
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veLa

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Nice! I snagged a 2700X on sale for $153us. Even I couldn't pass that up.
Right on dude. That's actually what I'm running in my main system. I know everyone is going crazy over the Ryzen 3700X/3900X/3950X these days, but you can really grab some killer deals on the Ryzen 2000 series if you keep your eyes peeled. I recommend saving a little cash and going last gen this time around because a good friend of mine got the 3700X and immediately felt buyers remorse when he realized how much he could've saved by getting the 2700X instead. It wouldn't have been a big performance difference too with his Vega 64.

By chance, you don't happen to have the link for that deal do you? I'm either asking for a friend or maybe I've been bitten by the upgrade bug lol.
 
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I'm assuming this is why you can find some great deals on older and mainstream hardware right now.

I just ordered a Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 8GB for $132. Not for my main system, but for my second system. Should be a solid performer at 1080p. Really looking forward to getting my hands on it this Monday.
I got the 590 8 gig for 150 for my oculas rig.
Im very happy with the purchase rock solid stable no idea what the fuss is all about.
More fake news I imagine we see a lot of that payed for by bribes and rewards.

Goto guru three deeeee and slag off nvidia see how long your account lasts.I give it a hour tops
Make another account and slag off AMD you wont get a ban then. Its hilarious.
 
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hahahanoobs

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Right on dude. That's actually what I'm running in my main system. I know everyone is going crazy over the Ryzen 3700X/3900X/3950X these days, but you can really grab some killer deals on the Ryzen 2000 series if you keep your eyes peeled. I recommend saving a little cash and going last gen this time around because a good friend of mine got the 3700X and immediately felt buyers remorse when he realized how much he could've saved by getting the 2700X instead. It wouldn't have been a big performance difference too with his Vega 64.

By chance, you don't happen to have the link for that deal do you? I'm either asking for a friend or maybe I've been bitten by the upgrade bug lol.
Of course this would come back to bite me. I wrote the price in USD because more Americans come here than Canadians. Sorry.


They've raised the sale and retail price from the $214.99cdn I got it for, while keeping it $220 off.
 
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hahahanoobs

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I got the 590 8 gig for 150 for my oculas rig.
Im very happy with the purchase rock solid stable no idea what the fuss is all about.
More fake news I imagine we see a lot of that payed for by bribes and rewards.
I don't have the problems people are having from Windows Updates, but I'm not going to say it's overhyped just because I don't know anyone personally with issues.
 

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I was expecting as much, but still pretty bad news. If this goes anything like the hard drive shortage of roughly 10 years ago because of the floods, might take years for production and prices to recover after they hike up, even if the Covid crisis ends this year...
 

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It's surprising how many people do NOT know that a great deal of components and pieces of components are manufactured in China ..... but of course, due to the very low cost it would be hard to find another country that has such a low labor rate AND still has the technical savvy to do the work ...
The question is what percentage of the total cost is labor / manufacturing.
Keep reading that e.g. iPhones would cost 40% more if they were made in the US. Thing is the labor cost would increase by 40% and if that only makes up 10% of the device cost, the latter would only increase by 4%.

Imho, the problem is more likely that there are too few people / companies who know how to make things and the supply chain. Probably add environmental laws to that.
 
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veLa

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Of course this would come back to bite me. I wrote the price in USD because more Americans come here than Canadians. Sorry.


They've raised the sale and retail price from the $214.99cdn I got it for, while keeping it $220 off.
Ah, I should have known. It's probably for the best though. It's my birthday on Saturday and with payday tomorrow I would've had a hard time not upgrading my second computer at that price point.

I really hope you're enjoying your 2700X. I haven't even overclocked mine yet since I haven't felt the need to.
 

hahahanoobs

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Ah, I should have known. It's probably for the best though. It's my birthday on Saturday and with payday tomorrow I would've had a hard time not upgrading my second computer at that price point.

I really hope you're enjoying your 2700X. I haven't even overclocked mine yet since I haven't felt the need to.
I attempted 4.1 and 4.2GHz and didn't find the rise in temp worth it, so I have it at 4GHz with -0.05v offset @ ~1.330v idle and 1.37ish under load I think. Stays under 60C with my H100i V1.
 
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