Changing chipsets hurts CPU manufacturer’s bottom line

ASUS A7N8X-E Motherboard
ASUS A7N8X-E Motherboard

I read the below today on my RSS feed

[AMD] is now offering the cheapest desktop 3.0GHz dual core processor (3600+) for US$73. By cutting prices, AMD intend to compete with Intel for desktop CPU

I realized that, if I could buy that CPU and plug it into my existing motherboards, I would be spending 3x$75 today, no problem.
We have 3 machines with AMD Athlon 2400 chips in them that could do with a speed boost.
However, they are all “Socket-A” motherboards, and the current CPUs from AMD won’t work on them;
they require “AM2” sockets on their motherboards.

Not only that, but the new motherboards use a different kind of video card (PCIe) from the ones we have (AGP).
Our RAM (400 MHz DDR1) is also no good. We need Dual-Channel 533 MHz DDR2.

So, to upgrade the CPU I would have to buy:

  • $200 – a new motherboard
  • $200 – new memory
  • $200 – new video card
  • $75 – new CPU

The prices are rough estimates, based on what I usually end up getting.
There are cheaper motherboards, cheaper and more expensive video cards, but that would be the ballpark.

So my $75 upgrade turns into a $675 new machine.
So no, I’m not going to upgrade any time soon.

Let this be a lesson — to AMD, at least.

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3 thoughts on “Changing chipsets hurts CPU manufacturer’s bottom line”

  1. You are a constant source of new hardware! Of course, P4’s are single-core, and run very hot. What do you want for that combo? Michael is eager to upgrade and his birthday is coming up.

    I think I’m safe to assume he won’t read this before April 19th. ☺

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