How Much Would You Pay

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As I mentioned on the front page, Tom’s Hardware indicates that the likely distributor price for a microATX board to be about $130, and one of these full-fledged nForce boards to be $150-160.

That would make the low street price for the microATX around $150 and the full-fledged board about $180.

I got a few questions for you:

First, just how much faster do you think it’s going to be than its competition? (Only answer if you have a definite impression or opinion.)

Second, let’s pretend. (Don’t assume I know something you don’t about this chipset; I’m making things completely up just to see what features or lack thereof would influence your buying decision.)

The board comes out in October. Assume that outside of the two items mentioned below, it works pretty well. Assume that it measures out on the whole to be 10% faster than its nearest DDR competition at that time (and 20-25% than a current KT133A board).

Assume the major problems with it are that the sound isn’t too hot, and the NIC function doesn’t work well. Assume the low price on this board is $150 microATX and $180 for ATX.

  1. Just how much faster do you think it’s going to be than its competition? (Only answer if you have a definite impression or opinion.)
  2. Would you be pleased, or disappointed with a 10% improvement over the competition? Would you buy the board? If you wouldn’t buy the board because it didn’t perform well enough, what level of improvement would you have to see to buy it?
  3. Would you buy the microATX version at the prices mentioned? Would you buy the ATX version? If not, why not? What would have to change to make you change your mind?
  4. Would either of your answers change if the sound was instead good enough for you, and the NIC function worked well?

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