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Cheap AGP Opteron board could put cat among pigeons

€239 Eurobucks. But world waits for Microsoft's imprimatur
Wed Jul 23 2003, 23:40
THE MUCH TOUTED Asus SK8N Opteron motherboard goes on sale in Europe this Friday and at a price of €239 could well cause the pigeons to scatter.

The board, based on the Nvidia Nforce 3 chipset, has one AGP slot and five PCI slots and that price tag might well make it appeal to gamers.

Many have wondered where the heck is a suitable Opteron board and although it's billed as a workstation board, the fact it supports DDR 333 to the tune of 8GB is going to make it quite attractive to the leading edge, we'll be bound.

Equipped with an AMI BIOS, Serial ATA RAID and other tweaks including USB 2.0, it looks like this German web site might take quite a few orders.

What would be really nice is if Microsoft could give enthusiasts a hint as to whether its version of Windows for AMD64 will be ready on the 23rd of September next. The word we're hearing is that it isn't... µ


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