Price Guides November 2003: CPU and Motherboardsby Kristopher Kubicki on November 2, 2003 9:41 PM EST
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We are a little overdue for Motherboards, so we have a lot to talk about starting with the AMD Motherboards; we have several new players now. Almost all of the Tier 1 and Tier 2 Motherboard manufacturers are back onboard with VIA for the Athlon 64 race.
As you can see, there is no shortage of VIA K8T800 Motherboards and quite a bit of KT600 options too. One of our more favorite boards is the no non-sense Gigabyte K8T800 GA-K8VT800M, which retails for $97.00. However, if you’re planning on jumping into the $400 Athlon 64 CPU you might want to consider something with a bit more options and punch, like ASUS’s K8V Deluxe. If you’re looking for a new Athlon XP board, check out the Albatron KX600 Pro which retails for under $70.
However, we would like to point out that we added a slew of new K8T800 boards this week; including offerings from MSI, Epox, Abit and Albatron.
Fortunate for AMD fans, earlier this week we heard AMD plans to support their current customers with faster Socket 940 and Socket 754 microprocessors and thus not make the existing K8T800 and nForce3 motherboards obsolete (Remember Slot A?). If AMD continues on its Socket 940 and Socket 754 path, we will see a bit more stability in the existing boards.