Stephen John Smoogen wrote: > On Thu, May 15, 2008 at 5:44 PM, Guy Boisvert <boisvert.guy at videotron.ca> wrote: > >> The only downside is that sometimes, it takes time to get them. It's like >> Tyan has problem producing enough for market demand. >> > > Actually from my understanding its sort of the 'opposite'. Market > demand for white-box motherboards has gotten less over time as the > 'cost' of selling them has gone up versus buying a finished built > system from a VAR. So companies like Tyan etc make more money making > the boards indirectly for VARs than they do from selling their own > boards. > > Its sort of like the car engine companies of the 1900's. As time went > on they made smaller and smaller batches of specialized engines > because the companies they had sold them to either bought them up or > just had them make large batches of Ford/GM/etc engines exclusively. > Yeah, that's possible. They could have big contracts with VARs. I saw some Dell workstations with special models of Asus mainboards, which are not supported by Asus! You have to rely on the VARs for support. Guy Boisvert, ing. IngTegration inc.