Price Guide, January 2006: Motherboardsby Haider Farhan on January 1, 2006 12:00 AM EST
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Welcome to the latest edition of our motherboard price guide, where you can always depend on us to find you the best deals on the products you're interested in purchasing. We are still awaiting the new i975X based motherboards to hit the retail market, which by the way, we are expecting to occur within the coming week.
We have noticed that much of the computer hardware market has been at quite a standstill. And we're hoping that possibly the start of the New Year will get the ball rolling once again.
And as always, do not forget to drop a quick search in our legendary RTPE, http://labs.anandtech.com, for your up-to-the-minute pricing needs. There are many ways you can search for the products you are looking for, so be sure to fully explore our RTPE as we can guarantee it won't be a waste of time.
Before we get into our guide, we would like to wish all our astute readers a Happy New Year with all the health and happiness.
Athlon 64 - Socket 939
Most of the NForce 4 SLi boards have been fairly steady with their prices over the course of the last month. You can see in the pricing chart that a few have gone up in price, while not a single one has seen a decrease. The price increases are not what we would call significant, just a miniscule increase. A decent mid-range motherboard we suggest you look into is the MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum SLI [RTPE: MS-7100-020] on sale for just under $190.
Two other great boards we would suggest are the ASUS A8N-SLI [RTPE: A8N-SLI] going for $125 and the DFI Infinity [RTPE: Infinity] for $120. If you're looking for a SLi board and are trying to stick to a really tight budget, then you can't forget about the Gigabyte GA-K8N-SLI [RTPE: GA-K8N-SLI] going for a mere $94.
As with the SLi board, the NF4 Ultra boards are basically in the same boat. A few boards have seen some insignificant price increases, but other than that, most of which have remained roughly the same. A couple of boards we would recommend for the budget minded folks are the DFI nForce4 Ultra Infinity [RTPE: DFI Infinity] for $98 and the EPoX EP-9NPA+Ultra [RTPE: EP-9NPA+Ultra] for about $105 shipped.
Another great board we suggest is the MSI nForce4 Ultra K8N Neo4 Platinum [RTPE: MS-7125-010] on sale for about $124.
Even though this time around the VIA K8T890 chipset wasn't as great of a hit as the nForce 4 chipset, the VIA is still competitively price. You can see the Gigabyte K8T890 (939) GA-K8VT890-9 [RTPE: GA-K8VT890-9] going for $87. The Abit K8T890 (939) AX8 [RTPE: AX8] is also going for a $80 after a $30 mail-in rebate (MIR). We have yet to see the new K8T900 boards hit the retail market, which was recently announced by VIA.
To be able to fully support either an AGP or PCIe card, you would want the Asrock M1695 939Dual-SATA2 [RTPE: 939Dual-SATA2] which is on sale for $73 shipped.