Here is the clarification for those that thing that is only question of a BIOS update IT'S not.Yep, in an interview with AMD today they confirmed they will officially support Bulldozer architecture CPUs on socket AM3+. Hardly news you say? Perhaps.
You see, there was some brouhaha recently about ASUS announcing they were the “First to Provide AM3+ CPU Ready Solution for Current AM3 and Future AM3+ Motherboards“. They made two statements in that press release, which can be paraphased as:
1- ASUS will support Bulldozer on certain current AM3 motherboard models with just a simple BIOS upgrade.
2- ASUS will be releasing M5A series 8- and 7- series chipset boards with an AM3+ socket .
So, on some existing and some to-be-released 7- and 8- series chipset boards, ASUS will be supporting Zambezi CPUs.
Then, within days, Gigabyte jumped on the Bulldozer bandwagon. They weren’t first with an AM3+ support press release, but they say they’re the first to market with the actual AM3+ black socket. They did not mention BIOS upgrades like ASUS did, so it remains to be seen whether they will support models currently on the market.
AMD will only commit to one thing – they will support Bulldozer on AM3+ chipset boards
AM3 current CPUs use 938 active pins, while AM3+ will use 940 active pins. In an smart move, ASUS built some mobos (CH IV line) with the 940 active pins and not only the 938 for AM3 CPUs.
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