2022 proves rough for Taiwanese motherboard makers as sales apparently nosedive by 10 million units vs 2021
The PC market is slowly losing the momentum that was fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic. For instance, per Mercury Research, the total x86 CPU shipments recorded a massive 34% year-on-year decline in Q4 2022 due to reduced demand and plenty of inventory. As it now turns out, Taiwanese motherboard manufacturers have also experienced a sharp decline in board sales as they sold a combined 10 million motherboards less in 2022 vs 2021. The report comes to us courtesy of DigiTimes.
According to DigiTimes, ASRock recorded the biggest percentage slump in sales as the company only managed to sell a total of 2.7 million units in 2022 compared to 6 million in 2021, a loss of 55%. MSI also felt the sting of the slump with a 42% hit on sales that brought the total units sold in 2022 down to 5.5 million from 9.5 million in 2021.
Similarly, ASUS also incurred heavy losses. The company’s board sales fell 25% from 18 million in 2021 to only 13.5 million last year. Finally, GIGABYTE also suffered a 14% reduction in sales with 9.5 million units sold in 2022 compared to 11 million in 2021.
As we reported previously, Intel has forecasted a tough Q1 2023. Although AMD is in a better position relative to Intel, the company only expects growth in H2 2023. Based on this, 2023, at least the first half, could also be rough for motherboard manufacturers.