Motherboard Review Roundup—Socket 939
Socket 939 is no longer a rare commodity in mainboards like it was six months ago. We've batched together a group of nine of these AMD Athlon 64–ready mobos, ranging from the bargain basement to the ultimate gamer models for overclockers and tweakers.
Here's an at-a-glance comparison of the boards, with links to the reviews.
|Product||Review date||Price at review time||Check prices||Summary|
||A great, inexpensive board for quiet Media Center PCs or small casual-computing desktops. Performance-minded enthusiasts need not apply.|
||For under $100, this gives you plenty of capacity and good performance.|
||Built-in WiFi notwithstanding, there’s no good reason to choose this motherboard.|
||For the price, this is a really good board. Those looking for something more feature-packed would be better off spending a little more.|
||For the overclockers out there, this is an awesome board at a very reasonable price. ExtremeTech Approved|
||Delivers the best benchmarks we've yet seen for an Athlon 64 motherboard, but the funky slot layout might be a problem, and our failure to overclock is discouraging.|
||This is a great nForce 4 Ultra based board, well-suited for tweakers and overclockers. ExtremeTech Approved
||Not all KN1 Extreme boards may have the stability problems we’ve seen, but they are worrisome. That, plus a lack of BIOS features, is enough for us to tell you to steer clear.|
|03/21/2005||$109||N/A||This is a great value for those who don't plan to overclock and don't need access to all 4 SATA connectors with a large graphics card.|