It looks like it will come out at the end of March when socket 939 and maybe an FX-53/3700+ will come out.
Presumably, sooner or later, all FX/64s/Opterons will use this stepping also.
Why You Should Wait Until Then
I’m Hurting, What Should I Do?
You chose a bad time to hurt. 🙁
If you’re way behind the curve, this probably isn’t the best time to try to catch up all the way because the latest and greatest is not likely to look too hot 12-18 months from now.
Those a bit more frugal and less impatient should give serious consideration to a cheap AthlonXP upgrade, and figure on spending the big bucks in 2005.
One could use a Northwood system in the same role, but in all honesty, it’s a little pricey for a temporary stand-in role. Socket 478 Prescott is unlikely to change that conclusion much if at all. Socket T Prescotts will end up being a much more expensive platform solution, and would have to perform almost miraculously to justify its cost.
A socket 939 system with a $200 CPU would be a better choice, but unfortunately, it looks unlikely AMD doesn’t seem to want to charge less than $400 for one any time soon.
That leaves socket 754, and again, the cost is too high to be considered a good temporary standin, and in the long run, it’s not going to age well (and frankly, if you haven’t upgraded in years, that ought to be a big consideration).
Socket 754 is likely to end up appealing to those who only plan to use the system for less than a year. For those folks, it’s likely to be the least bad choice.
But again, you might as well get the latest stepping to milk whatever you can out of it, and maybe hope for a price decrease.