Price Guide, January 2006: Motherboardsby Haider Farhan on January 1, 2006 12:00 AM EST
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We are expecting to see motherboards featuring the i975X chipset due out sometime early next week. One thing we would suggest is you wait out until we can get some decent comparative tests/benchmarks before you splurge for one of these new boards.
The i975X chipset is here to replace the unsuccessful i955X while remaining at roughly the same price point. Do not expect the i975X to support the Yonah or Conroe processors. The support for those two will be taken care of by the 945GM due out sometime in Q1 '06.
The boards featuring the i955X chipset are pretty much at the same price point since our last analysis. Since none of the boards here have had any significant price reductions, we still suggest you hold off until the i975X chipset is in full swing and pick one of those up.
The i945P and i955X chipsets both support the Presler and CeadarMill cores, but not the Presler Extreme Edition processors. The i945P chipset is a decent option for one of the cheaper dual-core processors.
While much of the i945P based motherboards have remained at the same price point, the MSI 945P Neo-F [RTPE: MS-7176-020] is on sale for $113. That certainly is not too bad of a price for a decent board to go along with a lower-end dual-core processor.
The i945G based motherboards have adequate integrated graphics and are fine for basic home office use. The ASUS 945G P5LD2-VM [RTPE: P5LD2-VM] is a respectable board and is on sale for approximately $109.