AMD had mentioned previously that for its Bulldozer CPU would not be compatible with its AM3 series of motherboards and only compatible with motherboards that have the AM3+ designation. To take the callange, ASUS as one of the motherboard manufacturer leader in the world has released the first motherboard that supports AMD AM3+ CPU chipset on the motherboard with AMD 8-Series. Users who already have the AM3-based motherboards AMD could have the 8-Series AM3 + support the latest processors, simply by doing a BIOS update available on the ASUS official website. The BIOS update available is a beta release.
Visit the ASUS website support ( www.support.asus.com ) for further updates.
The latest processors from AMD AM3 + microarchitecture has undergone a redesign of the earlier AMD processors, and provides increased performance over previous generations. Along with this, ASUS committed to providing ongoing support with the latest technology, and became
the first pioneer to bring solutions to meet the needs of motherboard users. ASUS 890FX and 890GX series can be upgraded to be able to enjoy higher performance offered by AM3 + processor.
Naturally, these new 8-core CPUs and their derivatives will use the AM3+ socket so new motherboards will be released to support them.
Enter the 990 series of chipsets, a slightly different spin on the outgoing 890 series. For the purposes of this article we will be concentrating upon the enthusiast-oriented 990FX chipset. The differences between the 890FX and the new 990FX chipsets are much less
significant than the name change would have you believe. Truth be told, the 990FX Northbridge is basically a carbon copy of its predecessor with a slight change in the microcode structure in order to support the unique needs of AM3+ CPUs. It is paired with a 950 Southbridge which is nothing more than a rebadged SB850 chip. Luckily, the SB850 was forward looking enough that changes weren’t necessary as it already supports SATA 6G. Combined, the “new” Northbridge / SouthBridge combination has more enough PCI-E 2.0 lanes to support any current third party USB 3.0 controller as well.
The AMD 990FX and SB950 chipset motherboard has built in support for the following technologies: the AMD Socket AM3 and next-gen AM3+ processor lines; DDR3 memory operating in Dual Channel memory mode up to 1600 MHz officially; and either NVIDIA 3-way SLI or AMD 3-way
CrossFireX graphics mode using matched video cards. ASUS integrated the listed devices in to the Crosshair V Formula: 6 SATA III 6Gb/s ports (RAID 0, 1, 0+1 and 5 capable) on the AMD SB950 controller; 1 SATA III and 1 e-SATA 6Gb/s ports on the ASMedia controller; 12 USB
2.0 capable ports (8 in rear panel, and 2 onboard headers supporting 2 ports each); 6 USB 3.0 capable ports (4 in rear panel, and 1 onboard header supporting 2 ports each); 1 Intel GigE Ethernet port in the rear panel; SupremeFX X-Fi 2 8-channel HD audio codec with integrated
S/PDIF optical output port; power, reset, CPU level-up, and Go buttons; and a PS/2 keyboard / mouse port in the rear panel.
ASUS will also complete the motherboard series, AMD 8 series, and 870 for the 880G chipset with socket AM3 760G also to update BIOS + so that the user also can directly use the + and AM3 processors AM3.
ASUS motherboards that use AMD chips 8-Series comes with overclocking features that have won awards, ASUS Core Unlocker complete feature that has been recognized as a pioneer by leading media in the world, also Turbo Unlocker which offers improved system performance in real-time. To all features designed to help users maximize the overall performance of the systems used.
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