Gigabyte, the world’s second-largest motherboard producer, might see its mobo shipments fall underneath the 10 million mark this 12 months, half the 20 million unit peak again in 2013. Trade sources blame the decline on the ever-shrinking demand for mining motherboards.
DigiTimes reports that the worldwide motherboard shipments are anticipated to point out a 10 % YoY decline this 12 months after posting an annual fall of 15% in 2017. However not all distributors suffered a drop in gross sales; some firms, together with ASRock and MSI, noticed elevated cargo ratios for high-end mobos, largely because of demand from the gaming and cryptomining sectors.
Gigabyte, on the opposite fingers, has watched its motherboard shipments fall over time. The 16.2 million it bought in 2016 fell to 12.6 million in 2017, although this was largely because of the firm’s organizational restructuring that passed off in August 2017.
In the course of the first half of this 12 months, Gigabyte’s motherboard shipments are anticipated to achieve 5 million items, which is down at the very least a million in comparison with the identical interval final 12 months. With the corporate nonetheless feeling the consequences of the restructuring operations, mixed with the worldwide decline in motherboard demand, it should have its work reduce out making an attempt to surpass 10 million shipments earlier than the tip of 2018. That’s in stark distinction to business chief Asus, which is predicted to ship 16.5 million motherboards this 12 months—the identical stage as 2017—partly due to demand for its ROG model. MSI, in the meantime, is predicted to see mobo shipments attain 6 million this 12 months and will take Gigabyte’s quantity two place on the checklist of prime world motherboard producers by 2020, ought to the corporate’s gross sales maintain declining at their present fee.
Demand for Gigabyte’s mining motherboards could have decreased, however cryptominers have been nonetheless shopping for loads of the corporate’s GPUs within the first quarter, resulting in consolidated revenues leaping 29.9 % from the earlier quarter and 51.38 % YoY to $675.31 million. This implies Gigabyte will doubtless publish higher income for the entire of 2018 in comparison with final 12 months, so it isn’t all dangerous information.