AMD’s Bulldozer may not arrive until this summer if the rumors are true, but board makers such as MSI are already guaranteeing that some of its current AM3 boards will work perfectly fine with AM3+. With AMD long saying that Bulldozer would not work with AM3, how is this possible? To find out, I made a few calls to get the skinny on how MSI, Gigabyte and others are enabling support for the upcoming Bulldozer chip. (For an early look at an actual AM3+ board, peep this video that I shot guerilla-style at CES.)
Rounding out our MSI coverage at CES, Senior Editor Gordon Mah Ung takes an early look at MSI's upcoming AM3+ board, which will allow for, that's right, AMD Bulldozer support. The board also features SATA 6Gbs ports on the south bridge, a four x16 PCI-E 2.0 slots, and comes stocked with OC Genie, which can automatically overclock your machine for you.
AMD, apparently eager to get its Bulldozer core out the door, might be shipping its next generation architecture sooner than we thought. Mike Magee over at TechEye.net says he recently met up with John Fruehe, who said that AMD plans to start sampling Bulldozer cores in the fourth quarter of this year.
Fruehe went on to say that Bulldozer, which has been built from the ground up, will continue to use the same sockets and the same power envelopes to alleviate potential headaches and ease the process of migrating to the newer platforms.
AMD's Bulldozer architecture marks the first major redesign of the company's processor line since the launch of the original Athlon 64 chips way back in 2003. Every CPU since then has basically been a tweaked version rather than a brand new architecture. Bulldozer is different.
"There will be enhancements to our memory controllers, things we cannot talk about just yet, that we expect to help reduce the time to access memory, both locally and remotely," Fruehe said in a blog post.
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