Price Guides December 2003: Holiday CPU & Motherboard Guideby Kristopher Kubicki on December 7, 2003 1:18 PM EST
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AMD announced its 148, 248, and 848 processors two weeks ago. These are essentially 2.2GHz Opterons which have an onboard memory controller capable of PC3200 (DDR400). Unfortunately there do not seem to be any available right now. For all intents and purposes, these are exactly identical to the Athlon FX-51 processors, but there are some minor electrical changes that make them capable of SMP.
AMD still appears reserved about what they are going to do about Socket 939, considering updated roadmaps and rumors on Athlon FX-53. It is looking, for now anyway, that the Socket 940 will stick around for a while still. Also since this Socket 940 will be able to run Opteron chips it looks like there is no need to panic for all of you who bought into the first generation boards.
If you doubt the effectiveness of AMD’s low end processors, just check out Derek’s article from earlier this week. The trusty Barton 2500+ chips continue to be the most desirable AMD processors and rightfully so (Derek’s benchmarks continue to show the Barton core outperforming the Thoroughbred 2600+). Even with recent price increases this is the chip to have. For AMD users looking to pack a little more punch, the 400FSB chips are still slightly cost inhibitive, but we will see a turn around in January most likely.
Opteron and Athlon 64 prices continue to remain stable. We will continue to see a few small cuts in the Athlon 64 3200+ but probably not in the Athlon 64 FX 51. We are still looking for supplies of Opteron X48 processors but once they hit stores the other speed units should dip in price.