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It is my understanding that the new AM3+ boards are very similar to AM3 boards.

But from what I've seen it doesn't seem my motherboard will support Bulldozer. Are they just not listing it as one of the boards you can bios flash to support it?

Or is there some kind of architectural difference that will not allow my motherboard to support it?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...656R-_-Product

I am under the impression it won't but I am to lazy or ignorant to find out for sure. So if anyone knows whats up with this let me know. And what is the difference between my motherboard that would not allow it to work?
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I believe it is only am3+ only.
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post #3 of 14
It will work on any AM3/800 series socket/chipset, but will only be officially supported on AM3+/900 series socket/chipsets.

I wonder where that leaves me. 890GX with AM3+
post #4 of 14
Tbh, I wouldn't run anything more than a 4 core Bulldozer on a board with a 4+1 phase VRM (which your board has). Even if there was a bios update, I wouldn't. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but, it seems that Asus is no longer supporting that board at all.

http://support.asus.com/Search.aspx?...0&pn=1&st=prod

Unfortunately, only the 800 series northbridge will support BD (though not officially through AMD), and you have a 770 series nb.
Edited by Lucky 13 SpeedShop - 6/21/11 at 7:23pm
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post #5 of 14
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It still does support it. It only shows up in the search if you exclude ASUS for some reason.

http://support.asus.com/Search.aspx?...0&pn=1&st=prod

So your saying the North bridge on the 7 series is why it wouldn't work?
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post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by Tokadub View Post
It still does support it. It only shows up in the search if you exclude ASUS for some reason.

http://support.asus.com/Search.aspx?...0&pn=1&st=prod

So your saying the North bridge on the 7 series is why it wouldn't work?
Yes, you need at least an 8xx chipset for there even to be a chance it will work with dozer.
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post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Tokadub View Post
It still does support it. It only shows up in the search if you exclude ASUS for some reason.

http://support.asus.com/Search.aspx?...0&pn=1&st=prod

So your saying the North bridge on the 7 series is why it wouldn't work?
Interesting, their website doesn't allow the full product name... :/

^ Yes unfortunately that is correct, the motherboard manufacturers are only updating the bios(es?) in the later 880 & 890 nb boards. While there aren't huge differences between the 890 & 990 northbridges, it will certainly have reduced functionality with respect to the power gating features of Bulldozer being unavailable to 8** series nb users.

This will affect not only the "power saving" features, but more importantly the maximum turbo frequency increase will be about 1/2 as much as the maximum from the cpu not being able to shut down & reallocate resources from the unused cores. Not to mention, Bulldozer has native DDR3 1866 Mhz support, which also won't be available w/o a 9** series chipset. Long story short, it's better in the long run to invest in a new mb even if you had an 880-890 board.
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post #8 of 14
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Yeah that's what I thought but I don't know the architecture of these motherboards well enough to know why exactly.

That's to bad, would be convenient if it worked. But I do not plan to upgrade soon and Bulldozer seems like its not gonna be here any time soon anyways.
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where would that leave people with a nvidia chipset?? my board has a 980i, and ddr2
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post #10 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tokadub View Post
...Bulldozer seems like its not gonna be here any time soon anyways.
From AMD's press release at E3, BD's release should be within 30-60 days after the release of the 9** series mobo's. Several of which have been on the market for about 2 weeks now. So your really not looking at much time at all

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where would that leave people with a nvidia chipset?? my board has a 980i, and ddr2
In the nearly the same boat as the OP. In need of a new mobo (and ram since BD doesn't have any compatibility whatsoever with DDR2).
Edited by Lucky 13 SpeedShop - 6/21/11 at 9:23pm
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