Price Guides September 2003 IDF Edition: CPU, Motherboards and Video Cardsby Anand Shimpi & Laura Johnston on September 18, 2003 2:56 AM EST
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What better way to enjoy a new P4EE than with a new motherboard. The already volatile motherboard market displaced our price estimates for E7205, i845PE and i850E. Even though the i865PE chipset smokes just about anything out of the water, its hard to not take a second look at the already low priced Abit BH7, which was under $70 at time of publishing.
While certainly cost effective, there are better solutions this week than the BH7. Our recommendation, the Albatron PX865PE Pro was priced under $95, while other high performing boards like the Abit IS7 were priced around $100. Don’t forget to check out Evan’s roundup of the 865PE series back in June.
As much as the 875P motherboards have come down in price, they still do not justify a buy over the 865PE. As Evan’s roundup pointed out, you get the same, if not better performance at an excellent cost. This is really unfortunate for competitor SiS. While the budget conscious 648FX chipset debuted with an almost interesting splash, one really has to question what SiS is doing for their market. The SiS 648FX chipset is not bad, but would the owner of an already expensive 800FSB P4 buy a single channel motherboard to save (at most) $15?
Let us also consider Intel’s new chipset, the 848P. As Evan’s review of the ASUS P4P800S-E review showed, the 848P chipset is just an 864PE with one memory channel disabled. While we do not know the price points on the motherboard yet, in the upcoming weeks we would not be surprised if there are some boards priced better than SiS 648FX solutions. Unless SiS decides to bring something new to the table, and fast, they are sitting ducks.