Due to various factors, ASUS and Gigabyte have expressed their ambivalence about the year 2013 and what their motherboard businesses will accomplish.
As far as sales forecasts go, the two are actually less disillusioned than some of their rivals.
Still, predicting a drop in sales, or a lack of change in the case of Gigabyte, isn't exactly a thrilling picture.
ASUS expects to ship 21.5 million units, 2.3% fewer than in 2012 (22 million), while Gigabyte has projected shipments of 19 million, according to a report.
The silver lining is that the numbers for Gigabyte are higher than those recorded last year (2011). If nothing else, this implies a rebound in consumer interest in desktop PCs.
ASUS, on the other hand, shipped 23.1 million in 2011, making 2013 the second consecutive year of order decline.