Price Guide, January 2006: Motherboardsby Haider Farhan on January 1, 2006 12:00 AM EST
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We aren't noticing much of any change in the socket 754 front. Prices are ranging anywhere from $70 to $80 and, as you can see below, have been quite stationary. It seems as though the Socket 754 motherboards are nearing their EOL as the number of boards are gradually diminishing. A quick look and you can see the MSI nForce4 4X (754) K8N Neo3-F [RTPE: MS-7135-010] is on sale for $73.
For $80 shipped, the MSI Xpress 200 (754) RS482M-IL [RTPE: MS-7145-060] is an excellent board if you are looking for something with integrated graphics.
If you have a socket 939 CPU and are looking for a board with integrated graphics, then one of the following boards may suit you well. The MSI Xpress 200 (939) RX480 Neo2-F [RTPE: MS-7151-010] appears to be a feature-filled board at a well established price point of about $73.
Fairly recently, the ASUS Xpress 200 CrossFire (939) A8R-MVP [RTPE: A8R-MVP] was released and is going for $109 shipped. Not at all a bad price considering how well this motherboard performed. If you missed that article by Wesley Fink, you can catch up on the rave reviews it got here.
NVIDIA's integrated graphics motherboards have been fairing very nicely, just as well. The Biostar nForce 410 GeForce 6100 (939) TFORCE 6100-939 does very well against the other two 6100 boards while only being slightly higher priced than the other two, going for $77 shipped.
Since our last price guide, the Gigabyte nForce 430 GeForce 6100 (939) GA-K8N51GMF-9 [RTPE: GA-K8N51GMF-9] has increased about $10 bringing its total price to about $78.
The ASUS nForce 430 GeForce 6150 (939) A8N-VM CSM [RTPE: A8N-VM CSM] is a solid option for a full-featured integrated graphics board. At the moment, it is available for about $88 shipped.