Motherboard Prices Are Rising, But Don’t Blame Chip Shortage


It’d be simple responsible the continuing world chip scarcity on the rising costs of motherboards, however with Intel’s newest Z690 motherboards, there’s cause to suppose {that a} bigger challenge is inflicting the value improve.

An article by TechPowerUp makes the purpose that that there are quite a lot of options that want to enter these new motherboards versus earlier generations, like PCIe 5.0, DDR5, and the brand new LGA 1700 socket.

First off, one of many largest variations between LGA 1700, which is what we get within the Z690 chipset, versus the earlier socket, LGA 1200, is the variety of pins. Within the LGA 1700 socket, we get 1,700 little pins inside the socket, whereas we acquired 1,200 within the LGA 1200, which occupied the Z590 chipset. Logically, extra pins means extra supplies, thus more cash wanted to provide.

The query is, how far more cash can 500 extra little pins be? The reply will not be concrete, however in line with TechPowerUp, it’s round 4 occasions dearer than LGA 1200.

Humorous sufficient, the value distinction between the Z590 and Z690 chipset is simply $1.

Whereas the brand new SSDs should not able to be dispersed, PCIe 5.Zero is prepared on the Z690 chipset, which provides a worth improve of about 10% to 20% over PCIe 4.0. That massive worth improve is because of what items are wanted to implement PCIe 5.0.

The upper-end Z690 motherboards, just like the Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Hero, make the most of DDR5 RAM, which has a completely totally different working process that must be introduced into play throughout design.

We additionally can not ignore the general design of the CPU that’s being inserted into these motherboards, which is Intel’s 12th-Gen Alder Lake CPUs. Alder Lake is using many alternative options from what we’re accustomed to, like devoted efficiency cores.

All the new options of the Z690 chipset holsters are distinctive and we’ve but to see AMD embrace these options. Sadly, that is simply one other signal of the occasions the place PC {hardware} has turn into dearer and inaccessible to avid gamers who need in.

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