Why are CPU prices going down, but Motherboards going up?
And the MOBO's being sold out right now.
I'm down under WTF
- JohnLv 711 months ago
I find the best prices for those are at pricewatch.
- MAClifeLv 511 months ago
Some of it is to do with the tariffs but there are also a couple of other factors at play.
-Intel is still facing a chip shortage, which has raised the price of their chipsets and decreased the availability of their processors.
-The newer z390 chipset is more expensive than the z370 chipset
-The new AMD x570 chipset is significantly more expensive than last year's x470 chipset. Including PCI-Express 4.0 to the x570 chipset has made it more expensive.
-AMD's release of Zen 2 has resulted in less demand for Intel parts. Retailers have responded by cutting prices of Intel parts.
-Intel primarily fabricates their processors in Oregon, Arizona, and Israel, and the processors are placed on the substrate and packaged in mainly Costa Rica and Malaysia.
-AMD still packages their processors in China, but their processor chip is made in Taiwan.
- I Like StoriesLv 711 months ago
Exactly what Joe said. Almost all electronic "assemblies" are currently manufactured in China. The companies that import them to the USA were recently hit by a 25% tariff, all those companies were forced to raise their prices to the consumer or face going out of business.
Most chips are manufactured in countries other than China, hence no tariff.
- JoeLv 711 months ago
Just a wild guess, here:
I'd bet that the motherboards are assembled in China, and subject to Trump's tariffs. The Intel or AMD "fab" plants could be in another country.