I think people waiting for cheap 939 FX cpus are going to have to wait a while.
With essentially the same manufacturing costs as Opteron, and Athlon 64 (socket 754) positioned between 939 FX and Athlon XP -line, there is very little room to bring down the 939 FX prices. They can't dump socket 939 prices down to socket 754 prices.
Also, if you look at the AMD 2004 CPU manufacturing volume estimates, you'll notice that Athlon 64 (socket 754) will get the volume shipment, not the Athlon 64 FX (socket 939).
This can only mean that the prices will stay high. Athlon 64 (socket 754) will get high volume manufacturing and lower prices, not socket 939 FX.
I'm going socket 754 myself, but would like some reassurance that:
- IDE cpu utilisation problems of current mobos get solved (25% is too high!
- voltages/multipliers/divisors for future cpu grades will be there for current mobos (so that I can just swap out the cpu, not the whole mobo)
- certified memory list for Athlon 64 platforms starts to appear and grow (I already played DDR400 russian roulette on nForce2, no more thank you)
Maybe I'll wait for nForce3 250 to see how it plays out.
I'm certainly not going Via after all the problems I've had with their countless of KT chipsets on my audio platforms.
Interesting times we live in