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Why are CPU prices going down, but Motherboards going up?

And the MOBO's being sold out right now.


I'm down under WTF

4 Answers

  • John
    Lv 7
    11 months ago

    I find the best prices for those are at pricewatch.

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  • 11 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.

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  • 11 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.

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  • Joe
    Lv 7
    11 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.

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