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), 

Check out the next page for AMD’s VIA solutions. 

AMD VIA Motherboards


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  • KristopherKubicki - Tuesday, December 9, 2003 - link


    While over the last few weeks I have begun to agree with you. This board is designed by my particular favorite former-Abit employee (he also did the BP6), and really is a killer design. Anyone else object?

  • drewintheav - Tuesday, December 9, 2003 - link

    I think the DFI Ultra Infinity should be recommended over the Asus A7N8X Deluxe. The Infinity is faster, overclocks higher, supports 4x SATA raid, Digital coaxial S/PDIF in and out, CMOS reloaded BIOS setup and costs less than the A7N8X! Reply
  • BlackShrike - Tuesday, December 9, 2003 - link

    So uh why does INTEL price their only competing cpu to the athlon 51 FX at like twice the price?
    I mean I know they can bullshit their marketing to anyone they want without AMD making a single protest, but the serious gamers will never buy it. Not when the FX is better at less price.
  • KristopherKubicki - Monday, December 8, 2003 - link

    It depends on the board really. Some manufacturers have a stockpile of unlcoked chips, others do not. Check the forums for which motherboards have it and which dont.

  • robschneider - Monday, December 8, 2003 - link

    This is the first time I've heard that Intel is removing the PAT backdoor from their 865PE chips. Has this been verified? Is it too late to buy an 865PE motherboard and get that feature?

  • LazyBoyTony - Sunday, December 7, 2003 - link

    Those P4 EE are soooooooo expensive....i thought they were going for around double the non extreme version..... i guess the extreme editions come with extreme prices :P Reply
  • Glenn - Sunday, December 7, 2003 - link

    no intel board prices either?? Reply
  • KristopherKubicki - Sunday, December 7, 2003 - link

    Sorry, typo mistake ;) Fixed. Reply
  • EglsFly - Sunday, December 7, 2003 - link

    Ditto #1 - "Where are the AMD CPU prices?" Reply
  • LHolmstrom - Sunday, December 7, 2003 - link

    Where are the AMD CPU prices? Reply

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