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The second installment of AnandTech's hardware priceguides of May focuses on motherboards with VIA and Intel chipsets and memory including DDR and RDRAM. For those of you not familiar with the guides here is a brief overview on how we construct them:

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This Week
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Since the release of the newest line of microprocessors including the Athlon XP2200+ as well as Intels line of Northwood chips, motherboard and chipset makers have also updated their designs to compliment these new speed demons. Among the new chipsets are VIA's KT333 for the AMD chips and Intel's 845 and 850 series. The charts from the last Motherboard and Memory Price Guides from November of last year have drastically changed

Also, with new high speed DDR designs being released, prices on older models continue to drop. Intel's added support for DDR type memory in its new line of chipsets will also help the DDR market.

VIA Chipset Motherboards

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