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Motherboard Makers Drop Intel 7 Series Board Prices

By - Source: Digitimes | B 12 comments

A new round of price drops is affecting motherboard makers using Intel's 7 series chipset before it is even officially announced.

According to a report by Digitimes, first-tier motherboard makers reduced their prices in an effort to compete for market share.

Apparently, the original plan was to raise prices to make up for higher copper prices, but the price reductions may have been necessary as there are fears of slower growth in the motherboard market that typically lays the foundation for a highly competitive phase with price reductions. Digitimes says that 7 series motherboards dropped by about 3 to 10 percent in Europe and second tier manufacturers lost market share as a result. There was no information on prices for the U.S.

Intel is expected to launch its 7 series chipset sometime in April.

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    EzioAs , March 23, 2012 12:46 AM
    That's good to hear. Lowering prices is always better for consumers.
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    shardey , March 23, 2012 12:54 AM
    I am very pleased with my 2820qm sandy bridge in my laptop, now looking forward to building a desktop with Ivy Bridge! This is great news.
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    knowom , March 23, 2012 1:52 AM
    Joy of joys it nearly offsets the HDD price increases. Guess that's why I opted to buy a used HD off ebay for cheap something I normally wouldn't have considered for that kind of part.
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    tomfreak , March 23, 2012 7:16 AM
    Great, now all we need is to have DDR2 price hike, while DDR3 stays, then Intel lower their CPU price further, so I can dispose my 775 secondary system for second 1155 without much added cost!
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    gtvr , March 23, 2012 11:10 AM
    Actually I've seen prices come down a bit on HDDs as well. Saw a few 1TB 7200rpm under 100 for the first time in a long time.
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    confish21 , March 23, 2012 12:05 PM
    There still gonna be too expensive for me... :( 

    Im all about second "tier" manufacturers
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    velocityg4 , March 23, 2012 12:54 PM
    I'm just hoping for RAID 0/1/5/10 support with SATA III, USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, Dual PCI-e 3.0 x16, a couple x1 or even x4 slots and good overclocking controls for K series CPU's for under $150.

    Also please no PCI slots, PS/2, LPT, SATA II, IDE, Floppy or COM ports. They just waste space that can be used on new connectors.

    Though for now I could really care less about thunderbolt. The only time I connect an external is for backup purposes. Internal RAID is a must though. I have dual SSD's in RAID 0 and three data hard drives in RAID 0. That way I get extreme speed and capacity for storage and programs.
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    geekapproved , March 23, 2012 3:11 PM
    That's cause they know like s2011, they will not sell well. Most people that buy Ivy Bridge will be using current mobo chipsets.
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    DroKing , March 23, 2012 7:25 PM
    Who cares.... Intel is shitty.
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    leon2006 , March 23, 2012 8:56 PM
    Less Desktop or PC is being built.... The market is shifting to Tablets and Mobile devices
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    __-_-_-__ , March 24, 2012 12:33 PM
    knowomGuess that's why I opted to buy a used HD off ebay for cheap something I normally wouldn't have considered for that kind of part.

    Imo HDD and storage is the only thing I do not ever never buy used. I mean, this is where you store the precious data. your pc can fail completely, if the hdd survives you still have the data. buying cpu mothoerboards ram gpu wtever doesn't compromises the data. HDD's do. moreover HDD's have a limited lifetime that is limited by the use they had. I buy almost everything used or refurbished including ES cpu's and such but I never ever buy used storage devices.
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    Anonymous , March 26, 2012 7:52 PM
    One thing you fail to understand is that any component when faulty can corrupt data, not just the HDD. Ever try to run a system with a bad memory stick? Can you say data corruption?