Prices have been dropping for 32-bit hardware for quite some time and now it seems as if 64-bit counterparts are following suit. With deals popping up left and right for motherboards and processors we took a look at them and came up with our picks for this week.

As always, be sure to visit our RealTime Pricing Engine for the latest prices and deltas on the items featured in this guide, as well as many other products.

We have a few announcements for this week as well; the first being AMD's premature launch of Sempron. We were all anticipating the launch of Sempron to accord August 17, but it appears AMD has moved up the launch date (to what we can't say right now). Be sure to check out our early Sempron coverage from last month for more details.

Furthermore, to whet those with an expensive palate, Intel will start sampling 925XE motherboards next week, so get ready to start seeing processors with 1066FSB benchmarked! You can read our previous coverage on 925XE here and here.

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  • KristopherKubicki - Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - link

    We added some new hooks in the engine to prevent dealtime from hijacking the *real* link and also to prevent out of stock items from showing up. Hope that helps.

    Kristopher
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  • KristopherKubicki - Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - link

    WarpNine: have some nocona tests coming up within a week.

    Trogdor, Yeah those cuts are nuts. Finding those Newcastles seems pretty difficult though - none of the big merchants are really carrying them.

    Kristopher
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  • TrogdorJW - Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - link

    Gotta love the AMD price cuts (FINALLY!!!) on the A64. The "Real Time Pricing" engine is doing its job nicely. Too bad we're still missing the 3200+ 2.2 GHz w/ 512K cache and the 3400+ 2.4 GHz with 512K cache. I think I would take the increased speed over the increased cache on A64 chips.

    With the new prices, all of the socket 754 chips are now much more affordable (except the 3700+, of course). The 3500+ is still too expensive, but with a price drop of $132, it is now at least a possibility, while at ~$500 it was simply way too expensive. Building my next PC just got a lot cheaper, needless to say. :)
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  • WarpNine - Monday, July 26, 2004 - link

    Where is the Nocona?? do you have any ETA when this chips will comes?? Reply
  • PrinceGaz - Sunday, July 25, 2004 - link

    Yeah, I'm holding out for 90nm S939 too. Its due out in the second half of this year according to the roadmap, but I don't know how many months we have to wait yet.

    It should be interesting to see how the 1066FSB Prescott's perform, especially as they have 2MB of L2 cache rather than 1MB. I wouldn't have thought the increase in cache would make much difference in performance (not enough to justify the increase in core size), but along with the faster bus speed it should help keep it competitive with the S939 A64's. Now all they have to do is turn on 64-bit capability.
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  • ThePlagiarmaster - Sunday, July 25, 2004 - link

    Pumpkinierre:

    Scarcity. Only 5 places are even advertising the 775 3.4E. Nothing to do with overclocking when nobody can get them to even try to overclock :) While some could go by reviews of chips, they're all marked Intel Confidential from what I've seen. No retail 3.4E 775 has been reviewed AFAIK (though some may have been sold no doubt). HardOCP might have done a review of a retail chip. They usually do...knowing the ES/Confidential ones might not represent retail experiences. I haven't been there in a few weeks.

    Unfortunately (for AMD's stock price/profits) they are lowering prices, instead of just dropping in a lower model#. Morons. :) Guess I'll bite now...LOL. Then give it to my dad after the 939 .09's come out. That's the chip that will be the real OC friendly part. With no heat problems showing yet on .13, .09 should be great for them and SOI. With people hitting 2.6 (.13) we should get 3ghz from .09 OC'ed I'd hope.
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  • KristopherKubicki - Saturday, July 24, 2004 - link

    danidentity:

    http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?...
    http://www.anandtech.com/guides/showdoc.aspx?i=204...
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  • danidentity - Saturday, July 24, 2004 - link

    What is the Intel 925XE chipset? A different revision for the 1066MHz FSB CPUs? I haven't heard anything about that. Reply
  • KristopherKubicki - Saturday, July 24, 2004 - link

    Pumpkinierre: I dont want to speculate too much, but if Intel keeps the stock purposely low on the better valued chips right now, the transition to 775 will occur easier.

    Kristopher
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  • Pumpkinierre - Saturday, July 24, 2004 - link

    Sounds like AMD are finally cracking. I notice S478 2.8 celeron-D and 3.4 P4Es have gone up massively in price. The last one 80 bucks more than the S775 3.4E! I wonder why- demand (or scarcity) for upgrade or good overclockers?
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