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Old 03-04-2011, 12:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Remember when you could buy a high-end AMD motherboard for around a C-note? You have to think all the way back to the Barton glory days, when the Asus A7N8X Deluxe and Abit NF7-S v2 dominated any talk of bang-for-buck ratios. But that was a long time ago, and if you want a top-of-the-line motherboard today, you're looking at spending north of $200, particularly if you're invested with Intel. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like mobo prices are coming down anytime soon, and in fact they may be on the rise.

Citing a Chinese-language Economic Daily News report, DigiTimes says the big three have all raised their motherboard prices. The big 3, or course, are Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI. Reasons for the price hikes are because of rising labor costs and higher costs for parts like the all-important printed circuit board (PCB).

How much extra motherboards might cost isn't yet known. According to the paper, MSI raised its board prices by around 5-10 percent at the beginning of March. In reality, this will probably only add a few bucks at retail, which you could argue are offset by still rock bottom RAM pricing.

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eVGA.... nuff said.
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Oil goes up, board prices go up. -.-
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Only thing that seems to go down is HDD...
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and ram.
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lol yeah, RAM is incredibly cheap now for some reason.
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Yeah. A 2 x 2GB set of GSkill Ripjaws cost me $70 back in October '10. They're around $50 now...
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Ram is cheap for you ddr3 folk, I am paying twice what I did a few years ago for my lovely ddr2
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Well, DDR2 is fading out..
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Also rember, theres precious metals inthe boards, and theyre at all time highs too.
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