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Computex 2011 is officially underway. Although technically it started yesterday with informal meetings at LAX, Ian and I kicked off our plethora of meetings at the show today with ASRock.

ASRock met with us this morning bearing goodies, three new motherboards to be specific.

First up was the A75 Extreme6, ASRock's Socket-FM1 motherboard designed to accept AMD's A-series Llano APUs. A number of leaks have already happened around Llano so if you want more details I'd suggest going to the source at this point. We're working on coverage of the platform but it'll be a little while longer before we can post on it.
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AMD originally wanted to launch Bulldozer at Computex but performance issues with its B0 and B1 stepping chips pushed back the launch. Now we're looking at a late July launch with B2 silicon, but performance today is a big unknown. Apparently the performance of B1 stepping silicon doesn't look too good.

Bulldozer will be mechanically compatible with Socket-AM3 motherboards but AMD will only officially support the CPU on AM3+ motherboards. To differentiate AM3+ from AM3 motherboards AMD is releasing a new chipset: the 9-series. Functionally the 9-series chipset is no different from the 8-series that it replaces; it'll simply be used on AM3+ boards exclusively.
So that means, AM3 and 800 series chips will work, but are unsupported by AMD. It's up to the Mobo maker to support it (via BIOS update I guess) and you won't need the AM3+ socket. I sold my GPU, mobo and PSU for nothing
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So that means, AM3 and 800 series chips will work, but are unsupported by AMD. It's up to the Mobo maker to support it (via BIOS update I guess) and you won't need the AM3+ socket. I sold my GPU, mobo and PSU for nothing
You should've asked in the forum, we've known this for a while
    
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You should've asked in the forum, we've known this for a while
I do visit other forums you know, and had conflicting stories and sources. Better safe than sorry

The ASRock Fatal1ty board is looking nice, and very much like an Asus Crosshair board too:

http://images.anandtech.com/reviews/...k/IMGP2041.jpg
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AMD originally wanted to launch Bulldozer at Computex but performance issues with its B0 and B1 stepping chips pushed back the launch. Now we're looking at a late July launch with B2 silicon, but performance today is a big unknown. Apparently the performance of B1 stepping silicon doesn't look too good.
Not good AMD.

I trust Anandtech, but what I can't glean from that statement is whether or not AMD is going to launch the poor performing B1 stepping in June and then come back with B2 in July or just delay the whole thing to July/August. On the bright side, we know it is very close.

Anyway, I expect them to confirm the situation at Comptex or E3.
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ugh

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Not good AMD.

I trust Anandtech, but what I can't glean from that statement is whether or not AMD is going to launch the poor performing B1 stepping in June and then come back with B2 in July or just delay the whole thing to July/August. On the bright side, we know it is very close.

Anyway, I expect them to confirm the situation at Comptex or E3.
From what I've heard they sourced that piece of info from XS or some other forum. I don't know which one exactly.

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ugh

I'm tired of waiting
Good things come to those who wait.

Where's JF-AMD when you need him
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Not good AMD.

I trust Anandtech, but what I can't glean from that statement is whether or not AMD is going to launch the poor performing B1 stepping in June and then come back with B2 in July or just delay the whole thing to July/August. On the bright side, we know it is very close.

Anyway, I expect them to confirm the situation at Comptex or E3.
Anand are trolls for Intel and nVidia. Even tom's has more credibility.
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I do visit other forums you know, and had conflicting stories and sources. Better safe than sorry
Yeah I suppose so

Mmm I think I'll be getting me the highest-end 990FX motherboard from ASRock (not the Fatal1ty). There has always been an attraction there.
    
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One odd thing is that I haven't seen much of the SLI logo on the 900 boards. Only the Crossfire one. Yet they can do both, apparently.
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I do visit other forums you know, and had conflicting stories and sources. Better safe than sorry

The ASRock Fatal1ty board is looking nice, and very much like an Asus Crosshair board too:

http://images.anandtech.com/reviews/...k/IMGP2041.jpg
Yeah but it wasnt a forum rumor, it's something that has been confirmed on board manufactures websites for a while now.

http://event.asus.com/2011/mb/AM3_PLUS_Ready/

http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD...USB3/#download
select bios and OS, shows am3+ driver for testing

The 990fx boards may be basically the same as 890fx but at least they will have native SLI support, and look very pretty.
Edited by Chuckclc - 5/30/11 at 2:05am
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