Price Guides March 2004: CPU and Motherboardsby Kristopher Kubicki on March 15, 2004 1:00 PM EST
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Welcome to another edition of the price guides. With new CPU and motherboard announcements, we took some time to write our thoughts and recommendations for this week. As always, feel free to check out our RealTime Price Guide for up to the minute deltas and prices.
There has been a lot of exciting news for AMD CPUs lately; hopefully everyone got a chance to check out or AMD CPU Roadmaps and Updates. Keep in mind that the upcoming A64 launch is later this month and next, so for those of you looking for an enthusiast purchase may wish to hold off a new purchase for a couple weeks. Socket 939 is on its way, but still a couple months off (we may see samples a lot earlier than that though!).
Overclocked Athlon XP-M chips have become all the rage recently; the already low voltage and no multiplier lock allow die hard overclockers to pull 2.5GHz (and much more) out of a processor that normally runs at 1.8GHz. The Mobile Bartons force you to pay an extra $20 premium, but if overclocking is your thing, you are essentially assured a good processor to do it with. We recently added a complete lineup of mobile Athlons to our price engine.
If you need a stable processor with no real intention of overclocking, the normal desktop Athlon 2500+ is still our CPU of choice. You just can't go wrong for the price. Unfortunately, all week there has been very little activity on Athlon 64 processors, so do not expect many new price breaks there.
Interestingly enough, we already have seen Athlon FX-53 preorders start to show up. The official release is not scheduled for a week yet, but what interests us the most is the price point.