Tuesday, March 17th 2020

Report: GPU, Motherboard Shipments Hitting Record Lows in Wake of Coronavirus Outbreak

A report via DigiTimes paints a bleak image on shipments for motherboards and GPUs. According to the publication, citing sources close to motherboard makers, the initial impact of the outbreak severely affected production - and the entire supply chain ecosystem needed to ferry these across the world. Alongside reduced demand in China (reported to be down 50% YoY and unlikely to pick up until July at the earliest) and other countries, the stage is set for a record low in some of our most favored hardware pieces.

Market observers had expected a seasonal increase in demand entering Q3 2020 which may never come to fruition, as DigiTimes also mentions AMD, Intel and NVIDIA as being unlikely to achieve their target sales for this time period. The reduced demand could see prices come down on components and various hardware pieces, should it linger for longer than the fabrication bottlenecks factories are currently facing. Some publications are pointing towards this drop in demand as a reason for NVIDIA to delay their expected GTC announcements, which the company's CEO, Jensen Huang, has already come out saying "Could wait".
Sources: DigiTimes, via Tom's Hardware
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39 Comments on Report: GPU, Motherboard Shipments Hitting Record Lows in Wake of Coronavirus Outbreak

#1
ARF
Perfect timing to show how the mythical demand-supply relationship works :)
Or how it doesn't because manufacturers have interest to sell at inflated prices and only then ;)
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#2
hat
Enthusiast
Well, you can buy a lot more toilet paper when you skip the GPU upgrade...
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#3
JalleR
WHO DOSN´T NEED 1000 ROLLS OF TOILETPAPER!!!.... :D
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#4
phill
JalleR
WHO DOSN´T NEED 1000 ROLLS OF TOILETPAPER!!!.... :D
There I was thinking food of some sort might have been a good idea.... :D :rolleyes:

Still, next year when they do the stats it'll be wow up 200% from last year.... That's if they have got over the loo roll prices as no one will have needed them for 6 months......
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#5
erocker
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I hope that this leads some manufacturers to pull out of China.
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#6
natr0n
Baby wipes for life.
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#7
robot zombie
hat
Well, you can buy a lot more toilet paper when you skip the GPU upgrade...
Ahh but the value of a GPU holds for at least a little bit longer than the toilet paper will. I mean... not much longer... maybe 2-3 months, but still. Buying toilet paper is just flushing money down the toilet. Buy a 2080ti instead.
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#8
EarthDog
Review samples on the GPU side aren't flowing as they did 2 months ago... that's for sure.
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#9
Bones
When the time finally comes to use up my TP stash, I'm ready.
It pays to plan ahead guys.

As for hardware shipments I figured it would suffer with all this going on and it won't end in just a week or so either.
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#10
Gmr_Chick
hat
Well, you can buy a lot more toilet paper when you skip the GPU upgrade...
For real. I need to wipe my front and ass more than I need to buy a new GPU at the moment, LOL :roll:

Also, this thread suddenly has me in tears from laughing so hard. Thanks y'all :lovetpu:
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#11
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
erocker
I hope that this leads some manufacturers to pull out of China.
Why would it?
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#12
R0H1T
erocker
I hope that this leads some manufacturers to pull out of China.
Well I'd hope this leads to more scrutiny of China, their government & how the CCP in effect is flouting international regulations & norms like that illegal wildlife trade. For far too long the West, including the US, & the rest of the world have avoided criticizing the CCP & their ilk on matters such as Unfair trade practices, IP theft, Tibet, South China Sea, Uighur "reeducation camps" etc. This time though their reckless actions have caused an epidemic threatening most of the world, but who am I kidding as pointing out that their lifestyle choices have led to thousands & potentially millions dying is likely now what some would term as "Sinophobhia" here ~ this post would be censored & life will go on as usual. I'm all for PC but not the BS & false equivalence that people draw when they compare what China, especially the CCP, are doing intentionally to undermine the rest of the world. If highlighting that is Xenophobia so be it, you can take that PC & stash it with all the toilet rolls you can muster for the next year or so :toast:
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#13
Turmania
erocker
I hope that this leads some manufacturers to pull out of China.
I certainly hope so! I do not mind paying extra as long as it does not say made in china..
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#14
Fatalfury
What about intel Z490 next Gen motherboards?? i hope they are ready..with the 10th Gen intel desktop processors
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#15
erocker
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FordGT90Concept
Why would it?
Political reasons that pretty much can't be discussed here.
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#16
ppn
Fatalfury
What about intel Z490 next Gen motherboards?? i hope they are ready..with the 10th Gen intel desktop processors
too many Z390 in the channel. Just forget about it this year. or in the next 4 years until DDR5, PCIE5, 5nm and all that.
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#17
Turmania
Their way of living and by that mostly we are referring to what they eat. which I will not judge. Is completely different to ours, and is causing these viruses and bacteria we are not ready for and actually them not ready for as well.
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#18
Vayra86
erocker
Political reasons that pretty much can't be discussed here.
So why bring it up, it is completely and utterly unrelated, and pretty much baiting.

Its also quite sad that you feel the need to do this in the first place in a Corona topic.
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#19
wiyosaya
Turmania
Their way of living and by that mostly we are referring to what they eat. which I will not judge. Is completely different to ours, and is causing these viruses and bacteria we are not ready for and actually them not ready for as well.
I agree that is partly it, however, their government's suppression of the information is likely much more responsible for the current state of things - world-wide - whether their government wants to admit it or not. They can suppress information, but, especially in cases like this, it is much more difficult to suppress truth.
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#20
Turmania
wiyosaya
I agree that is partly it, however, their government's suppression of the information is likely much more responsible for the current state of things - world-wide - whether their government wants to admit it or not. They can suppress information, but, especially in cases like this, it is much more difficult to suppress truth.
Closed societies like these are always known to never point the blame at themselves, if it rains it is US fault, if there is an earthquake US must have drilled a hole! and etc. they will never change..
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#21
Casecutter
JalleR
WHO DOSN´T NEED 1000 ROLLS OF TOILETPAPER!!!.... :D
The guy that has a leaky roof...
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#22
erocker
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Vayra86
So why bring it up, it is completely and utterly unrelated, and pretty much baiting.

Its also quite sad that you feel the need to do this in the first place in a Corona topic.
I don't trust the Chinese government. I don't like their human rights record. I don't like what they're doing in Taiwan. I don't like the fact they initially covered up the virus and refused help from the WHO and the CDC that could of helped in stopping this pandemic. The list keeps going. I don't want to give them any kind of business. I hope my answer is satisfactory for you. Take care.
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#23
Vayra86
erocker
I don't trust the Chinese government. I don't like their human rights record. I don't like what they're doing in Taiwan. I don't like the fact they initially covered up the virus and refused help from the WHO and the CDC that could of helped in stopping this pandemic. The list keeps going. I don't want to give them any kind of business. I hope my answer is satisfactory for you. Take care.
And while I agree on all of those things, there is still a place and a time for it... You even say so yourself, and yet...
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#24
Turmania
I think questions being raised and asked about our dependancy on China, is a very good thing for the future. But we must as well take the blame as well, we have turned a blind eye, so we can get a product much cheaaper ignoring how and why they produced it cheaply.
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#25
Bones
One thing is certain - China only thinks of itself and no other.
Everything they've done before and are doing now towards that end is what they honestly believe in for themselves - "Manifest Destiny" and will spare no cost or consequence to that end.
Cheaply made products is but one way to achieve it, knowing folks everywhere will buy what is cheapest and they have the manpower to make it happen while taking away one's abiliy to manufacture in the process by their own willing hand.

Simply put - If you don't manufacture and sell you don't profit because you can't constantly buy stuff with no means to manufacture yourself, it creates a trade and economic balance in favor of the one that's doing the manfacturing - Which is China by their own design.

Without income of some kind while still buying, one can only go deeper into the debt hole to them and they know it.

Nuff said.
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