Unfortunately, this year you will not find the same availability of discounted items. The cause for this is due to a shortage of available processors.
Why Computers Won't be Priced as Cheap This Holiday SeasonLike all hardware, especially technology-based hardware, processors are consistently being re-engineered. The purpose for this is to create processors that run:
- Using less energy and
- Encompassing less physical space
These features are typically inherent in new processor versions. Smaller revisions to processors between versions released usually address only some of these features while maintaining the same physical footprint and microarchitecture. The microarchitecture is a specific instruction set on a processor traditionally updated only with new versions. You may have run into a microarchitecture or physical size mismatch when upgrading components in a working system, or merging components from an older system with a newer system.
- Less computer and laptop models to choose from
- Less inventory of those models in stock
- Higher prices on computers, laptops and some tablets
- Higher prices on individual processors