2020 will be known for many things. First and foremost the pandemic, racial unrest, and for people in the semiconductor industry, the shortage of all kinds of hardware, from GPUs to CPUs and even consoles. As if that weren’t bad enough, it seems like motherboards will soon be in limited supply as well, most notably Intel’s budget offerings: the B460 and H410 boards.
While the higher-end Z490 based boards are expected to maintain ample stocks, the mainstream chipsets are expected to be in very limited supply from January, with the final shipment being in December.
Motherboard-makers like ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI have already started planning measures to tackle this issue which primarily include price hikes and shipping strategies. The good part is that these shortages are primarily related to the introduction of the 500 series boards in Jan and Feb which are reportedly going to support memory overclocking on even the lower-end hardware.
However, at this point, it’s unclear whether Intel will launch all three chipsets in January or just the Z590, and whether backward compatibility will work with the cheaper ones or not. As far as the older chipsets are concerned, PCIe 4 support is almost certainly going to be limited to the Z490 boards.