12633 Most FM1 motherboards get priced, in Europe

Thursday is the official launch of AMD's desktop Llano platform, but it seems like the motherboard partners and online retailers are in a hurry, as most boards have already appeared online for sale, at least in some parts of the world. We've managed to dig up some pricing of boards from ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte and MSI, all on sale in Europe, but most likely in other parts of the world as well.

Thursday is the official launch of AMD's desktop Llano platform, but it seems like the motherboard partners and online retailers are in a hurry, as most boards have already appeared online for sale, at least in some parts of the world. We've managed to dig up some pricing of boards from ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte and MSI, all on sale in Europe, but most likely in other parts of the world as well.

We won't be giving you all the specs of the different models here, we're going to stick with model name and price in Euro and S$ and we've put it all in a simple to read table. Do note that we found prices for the last two models from ASRock and Asus, but they were too far out of line with the other models, so we didn't include them.

a75 pricing Most FM1 motherboards get priced, in Europe

What's somewhat surprising is that the only two APU's that will be available at launch as far as we're aware, the A6-3650 and the A8-3850 cost about the same as the high-end A75 chipset motherboards with the A6-3650 currently listed for around €108 (S$192) and the A8-3850 for around €130 (S$230). That said, with a basic board costing very reasonable money, who's complaining as even the really stripped down ASRock A75M-HVS has both USB 3.0 and HDMI connectivity, although it doesn't have much else, but this is still good enough for a lot of people.

This is also why we believe AMD will have a good chance with its Fusion platform, despite a lot of naysayers out there. True, AMD is not going to be able to compete with Intel on raw CPU performance, but we're looking at a vastly cheaper platform with superior graphics performance. The biggest problem for AMD is to get this message out to consumers while not running into any roadblocks placed in its way by a certain competitor that has been known to do such things in the past. As always, time will be the judge when it comes to how successful or not AMD will be this time around, but for the general mainstream market, AMD does at least in theory have a winner on its hands.