MSI takes off with the E7205 motherboard and names the price
With the new GNB Max, MSI presents the matching mainboard for the E7205 chipset released by Intel today. The MSI GNB Max supports dual-channel PC1600/2100 DDR SDRAM as well as Intel's Hyper-Threading technology and will be available in two different versions.
The equipment of the GNB Max in the high-end version 'FISR' includes Gigabit LAN, IEEE1394 and SerialATA RAID 0.1. The ICH4 chip enables six USB 2.0 ports to be connected. There are also five PCI slots and one AGP 8X slot. The fully equipped GNB Max-FISR will cost around 315 euros. The second variant without IEEE1394, Serial ATA Raid with LAN, the GNB Max-L, costs around 280 euros. The GNB Max will be in stores at the beginning of December.
This would make the board around 80 euros more expensive than a board with Intel's Rambus chipset, the i850E. But you can save significantly when buying memory. Because while 256 MB PC1066 Rambus (Kingston) cost a good 199 euros, DDR266 bars from Samsung are already available in stores for 84 euros. What you have to pay for the mainboard, you can save on the RAM.