With AMD’s choice to move the memory controller onto the processor, northbridge manufacturers are starting to look more and more the same. While this might look bad if you are NVIDIA or VIA, guys like ALi and SiS are smiling all the way to the bank.

SiS’s biggest partner, ECS, can mass produce OEM boards for Athlon 64 systems using their SiS 755 chipset at a significant lower cost.  Some of these boards are showing up here and there, but you probably won’t see many in Fry’s anytime soon.  Unless you’re a large ECS fan, you’ll probably never even seen SiS 755 in the USA.

Ali is another story entirely, even though they have been pretty dormant these last years they have done a lot of work into the M1683 chips.  Again you will not see this chipset in volume outside of OEM sales, and even some retail sales at Albatron, ECS and a few other manufacturers have signed on with ALi. 

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  • KristopherKubicki - Thursday, November 13, 2003 - link

    #3 the guides are realtime* so last week there were $200 cuts but as of today, 1 week ago the processor has not changed in price :)

  • OokiiNeko - Wednesday, November 12, 2003 - link

    Says excellent cuts in Opterons, but 0.00 in price change column. What am I missing?
  • KristopherKubicki - Wednesday, November 5, 2003 - link

    I think they are grouped by chipset already...
  • StayPuff - Wednesday, November 5, 2003 - link

    How about grouping the motherboards in some fashion (chipset / major features) so that it's easier to make sense of the pricing?

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