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Anyone know why AMD motherboards are so much cheaper than intel motherboards?

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Hi Folks,


I was wondering why AMD motherboard are so much cheaper than intel motherboard. I currently own a intel i7-950 but the motherboards are so expensive, this is true especially when it comes to intel X58 boards. I am thinking about exchanging my i7-950 for AMD processor and buying and AMD motherboard. Anyone know why the motherboard are so much cheaper for AMD and not so cheap for intel boards. Anyone know?
post #2 of 8
The x58 platform is way more sophisticated,that is why it is more money.
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post #3 of 8
X58 supports SLI as well and Intel reckon they can charge a lot just for that and because their platform performs better and because Intel products are generally overpriced
Well that's how i see it anyway
    
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X58 is Intel's flagship. AMD's 890FX boards are pretty expensive, too. Although admittedly, they're not quite as expensive as some X58 boards.
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post #5 of 8
X58 supports both CF and SLI. They also have a superior south bridge, ICH10, which gives very good performance for your SSDs and RAIDed drives, better than AMD's integrated solution. Also triple channel memory and the price premium because it is Intel's flagship chipset.
 
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the other explanations posted are not accurate, they cost less because an AMD CPU has a great deal of components onboard that are on an intell motherboard, therefore reducing the specs of the motherboard and reducing the price. however as said, 890FX board are quite expensive because they have the components that are usually on the CPU on the motherboard
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post #7 of 8
cpu socket plain and simple.
other than that sli compatibility will also add to the price.
post #8 of 8
I'd say AMD mainboards are cheaper because they have less features but that's a horse a piece. It all depends on what model you get, AMD's technically best board, The ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme costs 300. It all depends on what features and amount of user friendliness you want to pay for.
    
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