Ultra-cheap Core 2 board coming from Biostar
Users trying to squeeze a Core 2 Duo processor into a tight upgrade budget can already do reasonably well with a Core 2 Duo E6300 and one of Foxconn's $100 P9657AA-8KS2H boards, but a new motherboard from Biostar could make such an upgrade even cheaper. Announced today, the Biostar P4M890-M7 PCI-E is a microATX board based on VIA's P4M890 chipset with integrated UniChrome Pro graphics. It packs PCI Express x16 and x1 slots, two 150MB/s Serial ATA ports with RAID 0/1, two IDE connectors, and a couple of DDR2 memory slots capable of handling memory speeds up to 533MHz. Nothing very exciting there, but what's surprising is the board's price tag: according to DigiTimes, the suggested retail price for the P4M890-M7 PCI-E is only about $55.
Of course, considering the possible performance bottlenecks caused by the DDR2 memory speed limit, some budget-conscious users may prefer to wait a few weeks and get a meatier board along with a cheaper Core 2 Duo or even the rumored Conroe-L-based Pentium E1000, instead.