Asus and Gigabyte lay out expectations for motherboard shipments next year.
The do-it-yourself (DIY) market isn't dying by any means, though there are signs it may be shrinking slightly, whether it's because of the economy or the current fascination with tablets and other mobile form factors. Either way, top tier motherboard vendor Asus says it expects motherboard shipments to dip 2.3 percent to 21.5 million units in 2013, after already dropping 5.2 percent in 2012.
Be careful not to read too much into those figures, however, as they could be indicative of increased competition from rival motherboard vendors. Gigabyte, for example, saw its shipments in 2012 rise 11.8 percent compared to one year prior, and expects to ship the same number (19 million units) of mobos in 2013, DigiTimes reports.
Gigabyte also says it expects to end the year with a 20.7 percent increase in video card shipments with 3.5 million units. It's also worth mentioning that both AMD and Intel recently stated they're committing to supporting socketed CPUs for the foreseeable future.