Price Guides December 2003: Holiday CPU & Motherboard Guideby Kristopher Kubicki on December 7, 2003 1:18 PM EST
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VIA was not shy on recent announcements either these last couple weeks. The chipset producer somewhat unexpectedly announced a dual channel core logic based on its PT880 chipset earlier this week; which was followed up by a quick commitment from Soltek, among others. On unrelated VIA news, analysts report that VIA’s November sales figures were off over 16% from October.
Looking at our AMD motherboards this week, it looks like VIA has the most aggressive motherboards for Athlon 64 3200+ (socket 754). Right now, we feel the MSI K8T800 motherboard is the best of the batch as far as price/performance goes. The Chaintech nForce3 150 beats the MSI K8T800 in performance, but the MSI board costs $60 less (35%). Perhaps now that MSI closed down 1/3 of its US offices, they are able to keep more competitive pricing.
Athlon XP motherboards are all over the spectrum. Contrary to popular opinion, prices tend to gently ramp up during the holiday season (followed by that January free-for-all that represents the real deals). We are seeing small and medium changes in the motherboard pricing, but don’t hold your breath for any cuts before January. Occasionally, we’ve seen some good deals but they are generally one or two day items. Fortunately, KT600 boards have been falling in price for so long that their stability now will result in no more significant, immediate price increases.