PC Market Collapses: “A Perfect Storm” of Imponderables

Expectations from PC makers and market research teams have reversed in recent weeks: while a broadly stable sales year was expected for spring, a drop in sales figures is now expected. According to this, companies and individuals will purchase approximately 310 million desktop PCs, workstations and notebooks in 2022, almost 10% less than in 2021.

This is the conclusion of Gartner’s market research team, which describes the current situation as “a perfect storm of geopolitical turmoil, high inflation, currency fluctuations and disruptions in supply chains.”

Based on current exchange rates alone, the hardware that AMD, Intel and Nvidia unveiled in 2020 and 2021 is more expensive in Europe today than when it was unveiled. If at the end of 2021 1000 euros were still worth 1230 US dollars, today they are only 1042 US dollars.

In China, crown-related locks are affecting the availability of new processors and graphics cards, which is especially noticeable in notebooks. Models with AMD’s Ryzen 6000U CPUs are nearly impossible to obtain even six months after their introduction. The situation has recently improved for the Intel Core i-1200U (Alder Lake-U). Notebooks account for around three-quarters of the entire PC market – DIY PCs, on the other hand, are a small niche.

Meanwhile, the numbers are dropping particularly for private purchases: consumer demand fell 13.1% and 7.2% for business PCs. In the case of Europe, Gartner speaks of a record collapse due to the Russian aggressive war against Ukraine.


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