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ASRock launched a new marketing campaign for its AMD platform motherboards, claiming to be the first manufacturer to be out with motherboards that use real AM3+ sockets. AM3+ is the FCPGA socket that has been designed for upcoming AMD FX series "Zambezi" processors based on the "Bulldozer" architecture. As a part of its campaign, ASRock highlighted the benefits of opting for its AM3+ motherboards. In the process, it ended up disclosing quite some technical information about AM3+, and why AMD designed it in the first place, when apparently AM3 can run Zambezi with a BIOS update.

To begin with, ASRock started with the socket itself, showing that AM3+ sockets can be identified by "AM3b" written on the socket, and have wider pin-holes (0.51 mm vs. 0.45 mm of AM3). It is possible that future (retail?) versions of the CPU, if not the engineering samples doing rounds, could use packages with thicker pins that are incompatible with AM3. The thicker pins add durability, and are designed for a different set of electrical specifications.
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Finally some real info on the socket.
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AM3's a Mini! I like Mini's.

Thicker pins, makes me think these new chips are going to be quite power hungry and that's okay with me!

That picture showing how they are taking the sides off the mounting socket is just rubbish. It shows the fan pushing hot air into the middle of the heatsink.
Edited by Willhemmens - 4/26/11 at 3:53am
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FATTER pins will break my am3 board, hmmmm

about time we have some real info on why it wouldn't work, to bad ASRock couldn't release these boards with the 990fx chip
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post #4 of 8
Repost of old news.

There are several discussions about it the AMD section as well.
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post #5 of 8
^I never saw those but anyways, this is interesting.
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Wow, this is incredibly relevant to my interests, repost or not. Thats a serious upgrade over the old hardware, can't wait to see some 990- series in action!
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I thought AMD said that the "real" AM3+ was the AM3+ socket and the 9xx chipset combined, these based on a 8xx chipset should not be classed as "real" AM3+ either then if thats the case.
    
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Ill bump the old thread, someone lock this.
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