You may have heard that AMD's resurrecting its "FX" brand for top flight processors, which the chip maker promises will "enable an over-the-top experience for PC enthusiasts." Cost could be a barrier, but if it's any consolation for power users on a budget, Gigabyte claims it's the first to bring AM3+ CPU support to entry level motherboards, providing do-it-yourself system builders with an affordable foundation for AMD's upcoming FX series.
Gigabyte's entry level AM3+ motherboards include the new revision 3.1 GA-M52LT-D3P (nForce 520LE), GA-M68MT-D3P (GeForce 7025 / nForce 630a), and GA-M68MT-S2P (GeForce 7025 / nForce 630a), all of which will sport a "Black Socket" signifying support for FX chips.
"Gigabyte continues to provide its customers with options for their motherboards, including high-end CPU compatibility with entry level motherboards, because in our experience there are customers out there who need this combination," commented Henry Kao, VP of Worldwide Service and Marketing at Gigabyte. "In addition to bringing our signature Gigabyte features such as Ultra Durable 2 Classic, 4+1 phase VRM support, On/Off Charge and 3X USB Power to mainstream and entry level segments, now users can also be assured that their motherboard is able to take full advantage of all the performance enhancements that AMD's upcoming AM3+ CPUs have to offer."
That brings the total number of AM3+ Black Socket motherboards in Gigabyte's stable to 25, including five 990FX boards, a pair of 970 boards, and several previous generation chipsets.