Introduction

It's time once again for AnandTech's Memory and Motherboard price guide.

The basic goal is to provide you with the best deals, and follow price trends of the listed products. We have selected a leading team of on-line vendors, and will be tracking their progress on weekly basis. Please note that all vendors were selected according to their best price offered. Some vendors may ask that you place a phone-order to make sure that you receive our listed price; others simply ask that you mention where you found the price (in this case AnandTech). We have tried to eliminate vendors with low feedback rating, but we do encourage you to do some research before purchasing any product from this list.

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This Week

Welcome to the First Edition of AnandTech's Memory and Motherboard Price Guide for the June.

For the past several weeks memory prices have been dropping steadily and this week is no different as quite a few modules have hit record lows. DDR SDRAM prices continue to fall with 256MB of Crucial PC2100 and PC1600 DDR SDRAM costing $60. That price is huge decline from what it was months earlier and such low prices will only make upgrading to a DDR platform more affordable.

DDR SDRAM isn't alone in price drops as PC133 and PC100 modules take a price hit bringing 256MB of PC133 CAS2 SDRAM to $49 which is cheaper than the CAS3 module which runs for $53. For the first time in a while RDRAM is actually stable in price.

Slot-1/Socket-370/Socket-432 motherboards aren't doing too much this week mirroring last week's trends as prices for these motherboards has been stable for some time with the exception to some scattered price drops. New to the i850 list is the ABIT TH7-RAID bringing our Pentium 4 board count to six.

On the other hand, Socket-A motherboards are still falling in price, though not as many as reported in our last guide. This week, more DDR motherboards are on the fall along with some KT133A boards. In addition, we've added two KT133E motherboards to the KT133 mobo list, the ABIT KT7E and the EPoX 8KTA2L, as well as the Gigabyte GA-7ZXR 2.2 KT133A board.

In addition, the AMD 760MP-based Tyan Thunder K7 motherboard joins our list of Socket-A motherboards which is based on the recently released AMD 760MP dual Athlon chipset. The Thunder K7 will most likely be the only 760MP-based board as motherboard manufacturers are scheduled to produce motherboards based on the 760MPX mass production version of the 760MP. The 760MPX differs from the 760MP in that it features a 66MHz 64-bit PCI bus with support for up to two devices off of the North Bridge, and a new South Bridge with support for a legacy 32-bit 33MHz PCI bus. More on the AMD 760MP and the accompanying Athlon MP Server Processor can be found here.

We should also note that the Socket-A bunch will be joined in some time by a chipset from NVIDIA, the nForce, which was debuted at Computex this past week. The nForce is NVIDIA's integrated graphics chipset for Socket-A CPUs which is the most powerful integrated graphics chipset to date with the GeForce2 MX at its heart. nForce-based motherboards should be hitting the market this coming September or October so be on the lookout. Read our full coverage on the nForce here.

 

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