PC Market Supply Chain Sources Project Solid Growth in Second Half of 2014 - HotHardware
PC Market Supply Chain Sources Project Solid Growth in Second Half of 2014

PC Market Supply Chain Sources Project Solid Growth in Second Half of 2014

Tablets might not kill off the PC after all. Growth in the PC market is expected to remain sluggish (IDC even lowered its forecast by 0.1% for 2014 to 6% worldwide), but if the channel is any indication, builders and component manufacturers are feeling confident. A report by DigiTimes today suggests that suppliers in Taiwan are gearing up in anticipation of successful gaming systems and notebooks.

Business desktops are expected to drive PC sales growth, according to Intel.
Intel expects business PCs to show strong sales this year. Shown here is a Lenovo M58e Desktop Tower.

Component manufacturers are looking to the likes of Lenovo to drive those sales. Lenovo has been enjoying steady growth while other players in the market struggle, rocking 55 million computer shipments in a year. Intel is expecting enterprises to drive demand for desktop PCs and recently raised its outlook for the year, based largely on sales it expects from those business computers. AMD, while not raising its forecasts, is making strides in its efforts to reorganize into a company with lower costs and more flexibility. That transformation recently included merging professional and consumer graphics teams into a single unit.
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I laughed when people were claiming tablets were going to kill the pc market. Tablets are cool gadgets, but for some things you really need a pc.

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it may be so that "builders and component manufacturers are feeling confident." however if we the actual end consumers paying the costs for new kit do NOT get at least quad core with AVX2 SIMD and USB3+ for 2013/15 then they are all wrong to be confident

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Intel's forecast seems believable, but Taiwan suppliers' forecasts about Gaming PCs and Notebooks surprises me; considering the fact that DDR4, SATA Express, Intel Skylake+, and Nvidia's NVLink technology and GSync monitors are all coming out next year (late 2014 at the earliest), I'd imagine most in the market of getting a new PC (or upgrading their existing PC) will wait till next year

It made sense for Steam Machines to be delayed because of these technologies launching not too soon after most of the machines were to launch (outside the fact the Steam Controller was delayed as well).

Considering blockbuster games like GTAV, Dragon Age Inquisition, Evolve, and all sorts of upcoming epic games on the horizon not too long after this Fall like Witcher 3 (Spring 2015), I can see this being somewhat pushing demand to still be confident about the second half of the year, I suppose...

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