We may all be staying home, and some of us may be looking to upgrade our gaming hardware. But many more people are suffering due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus, locked away thanks to social distancing and closures of restaurants, bars, and almost everything else. Thankfully gaming is still an option, so if you’re struggling to make it through, game on!
But due to the outbreak, according to Bit-Tech, “Factories in China and other neighbouring countries [were] immediately shut down, and now it’s tough to get the shipments across the world due to spreading issues affecting the entire supply chain ecosystem.” A report from DigiTimes shows demand for both motherboards and GPUs is down 50%. And it isn’t expected to pick back up until July at the earliest.
Coronavirus has wreaked havoc on plenty in the gaming world. Major events including GTC and E3 have been cancelled, e-Sports events have gone streaming-only, and of course people are spending money on more essential goods like toilet paper. Nearly all computer purchases are dropping; with no word on when a vaccine will be available, and as of this writing the number of infected tops 220,000 worldwide and 9,000 deaths, we at CoonNation want everyone to stay safe.
The silver lining is that some components makers are dropping prices. So if you do have some spare cash, it’s not a bad time to upgrade. It may also be worth waiting for better pricing. As we hit upcoming holidays known for deals, the current price drops can double, triple, or more. And if you haven’t tinkered much with your rig recently, now’s the time to upgrade to liquid cooling. Asetek has some great options to consider. They won’t break your bank account and they’re easy to install too.