Friday, December 31st 2010

Prepare for Motherboard Price-Hike

With the entire PC motherboard industry concentrated in Taiwan and China, it is valid to say that PC prices are pretty-much pegged to Taiwan's economy. Following a wave of labor-reforms in China and Taiwan coupled with deficit of skilled labor, and inflation added to the mix; key motherboard manufacturers are finding it difficult to cope with competitive motherboard pricing. A much smaller contributor to this is Intel's decision to phase out cheap G31 chipsets, making manufacturers buy slightly costlier G41 ones for the most common motherboard models.

Industry sources told Digitimes that the big three in the motherboard industry - ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI, will be hiking prices of their motherboards shortly, to cope with increasing raw-material, labor, and component costs. The price-hike is likely to increase prices by 10% on average in the next three months. Some higher-end models could increase by as much as 20%, if labor costs in China continue to rise. Another factor here is bulk manufacturers of printed circuit boards (PCBs), who have hiked their prices following increase in price of high-grade copper by a whopping 50% (from US $6000 /ton to $9000 /ton).Sources: DigiTimes, OCWorkbench
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34 Comments on Prepare for Motherboard Price-Hike

#1
LAN_deRf_HA
I hope 1155 boards hit before this jacking takes full effect.
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#2
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Meh whatever.
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#3
Neo4
I'm not worried if I have to wait a small period of time longer to save more nickels and dimes. I too hope for better conditions for the workers that make the products I love.
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sotelomichael
by: suraswami
Show me one mobo that is made in USA, I will be glad to pay premium to buy it to support US workers.

Except food 95% of things are made outside of US and consumed in US.
I agree with this post. In general, we need to treat the US as a family company. Meaning, if you were running a family owned company, you would try to get as much as your family as possible into the job because A they will be very loyal (for the most part) B you will be keeping the money coming to the family (for the most part).

Even though prices are really very low already, I honestly wouldn't mind paying another 100 bucks to purchase USA made products. Since it would most likely be even more quality controlled (given unions and regulations) equipment for us.
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Steevo
by: sotelomichael
I agree with this post. In general, we need to treat the US as a family company. Meaning, if you were running a family owned company, you would try to get as much as your family as possible into the job because A they will be very loyal (for the most part) B you will be keeping the money coming to the family (for the most part).

Even though prices are really very low already, I honestly wouldn't mind paying another 100 bucks to purchase USA made products. Since it would most likely be even more quality controlled (given unions and regulations) equipment for us.
The same way they treat us a family? Wait, they don't. Large multinational companies pull crap like saying they are based in the US, when all they do is the last 5% of manufacturing or assembly in the US, show commercials that could be anywhere USA to confuse or outright lie to the consumers. When tax time comes around they use every loophole, every semi-illegal thing that the average person would be burned on the stake for and they get praised for it. If they believe they are making too much and might actually have to pay taxes they simply have one of their companies in another country charge more for the goods they are importing to themselves, claim a loss even though their money is safe elsewhere in a interest bearing bank account and then let the US government bail them out with our tax dollars. All while being more efficient and firing more US workers.
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sotelomichael
by: Steevo
The same way they treat us a family? Wait, they don't. Large multinational companies pull crap like saying they are based in the US, when all they do is the last 5% of manufacturing or assembly in the US, show commercials that could be anywhere USA to confuse or outright lie to the consumers. When tax time comes around they use every loophole, every semi-illegal thing that the average person would be burned on the stake for and they get praised for it. If they believe they are making too much and might actually have to pay taxes they simply have one of their companies in another country charge more for the goods they are importing to themselves, claim a loss even though their money is safe elsewhere in a interest bearing bank account and then let the US government bail them out with our tax dollars. All while being more efficient and firing more US workers.
I never said we were there yet, I agree with most you said, but like the poster above me said, show me where I can buy a motherboard made in the us, then I'll buy it. Hard to find since most are manufactured outside thee states.
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#7
silkstone
Intel built a factory here a while ago, i think it's prolly up and running now. Not sure if they are making chips, complete mobo's or a combination.
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Mussels
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by: silkstone
Intel built a factory here a while ago, i think it's prolly up and running now. Not sure if they are making chips, complete mobo's or a combination.
SSD's maybe?
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silkstone
by: Mussels
SSD's maybe?
Could well be. Just seems like everyone is outsourcing everything these days in order to keep costs down. However prices only ever go one way :(
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