Surprise, surprise -- PCIe 3.0 was baked into AMD's 990FX chipset all along.
Our CES video coverage continues with a tour of Asus' booth, where Deputy Editor Gordon Mah Ung captured on camera the company's E2KM1-L Deluxe mini-ITX motherboard (shown in thumbnail image). It's a replacement for the old E45 Brazos 2.0 boards, the big difference being a soldered on dual-core Trinity CPU. But the real surprise was still to come.
Sitting over to the side was Asus' new Sabertooth 990FX/Gen3 R2.0 motherboard. It has all the bells and whistles you'd expect from this caliber motherboard, and at a glance, it looks like any other slice of 990X silicon.
Unlike other 990FX boards, however, this latest Sabertooth features PCie 3.0 support. Yep, it looks as though AMD had PCIe 3.0 support in the 990FX chipset all along, though it hasn't been enabled up to now.
Unfortunately, existing 990FX board owners won't be able to enable PCie 3.0 via a BIOS update. Special hardware on the board itself is required.
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Moving on from motherboards, Asus brought with it a PCIe-based solid state drive (SSD). Asus is keeping most of the details to itself, refusing to divulge the type of controller it's using, capacity, or price. Heck, Asus didn't even want us to film the back of the card.
We were allowed to film the front, however, spying a glimpse of the neat lookign shield. Asus also demonstrated the SSD running in a system, indicating that this is a real product. The card, which is intended for enthusiasts, is expected to be available in 3-6 months.
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