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 is offset by still rock bottom RAM pricing.