Price Guides December 2003: Holiday CPU & Motherboard Guideby Kristopher Kubicki on December 7, 2003 1:18 PM EST
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Another week, another price guide. This week we have information on our particular favorites; Motherboards and CPUs. On the heels of Derek’s excellent low budget CPU article, we have our recommendations and picks for the whole assortment of AMD and Intel products. As always, do not forget to check our RealTime Price Guides for daily deltas and product listings updated by the minute!
There has been some great news and changes regarding AMD motherboards. Hopefully, you got a chance to read Wesley’s SiS’s 755 chipset preview. We were not expecting motherboards based on the chipset already, but it looks like ECS did a good job of copying the reference board and it is starting to show up at some merchants for under $90. We are very excited to see the other Tier 1 guys adopt the chipset in the near future.
Let us also not forget about ATI’s interesting announcement; IGP for AMD 64. Now that we will have 6 companies (ALi, AMD, ATI, NVIDIA, SiS, VIA) competing in the AMD 64 core logic sector, we should have some extremely interesting competition. If suspected rumors hold true that the ATI IGP will incorporate Radeon 9600 capabilities, AMD’s closest ally NVIDIA will have some impressive specifications to beat for their nForce3 IGP chipset. With nForce3 250 already in production, even we can’t help but get a little excited.
Further additions have been made to this week’s listings; we have added a few random motherboards including DFI’s NFII Infinity which is pretty stacked with features for a board that costs only $100. The ASUS nForce2 A7N8X Deluxe is still our weekly choice (at least concerning NVIDIA core logic),
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