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Will bulldozer works on AM3 socket?

post #1 of 47
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Just wondering, about to buy a new CPU but pretty sure bulldozer is releasing around this month and don't want to regret not waiting to see if it does or not
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post #2 of 47
You need an AM3+ socket. If you have the 990FX chipset (which you don't), it'll work. It'll work on some 890FX sockets too if your motherboard manufacturer decides to support it, but nothing older than that.
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post #3 of 47
It will release tomorrow and weather it works or not it depends on the motherboard maker. Bulldozer is compatible with AM3 if there is BIOS support, so this is why you should search the Gigabyte website for your board's CPU support list.
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post #4 of 47
I believe it needs the 990x chipset am3+ , i believe some will also work with a bios update. Its supposed to release OCT - 12. So you could wait only two days.
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post #6 of 47
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Think current high end AMD procs will drop in price when bulldozer releases? I've just read some leaked benchmarks and it doesn't seem worth it to get a hole new mobo for it, hopefully it does better with some type of update to bioses or something.
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post #7 of 47
Im fairly certain it will work in most AM3 boards with the appropriate bios update, but certain power saving features/Turbo, Will not function.
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post #8 of 47
If they (mobo makers) are dropping new bios files for AM3+/9xx mobos then I think new bioses for the older mobos might come out, but they might not. Remember that AMD said they were not going to support BD on the AM3/8xx platforms, so this is all up to the mobo makers. We will see.
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post #9 of 47
As far as Gigabyte is concerned, I think that the only ones guaranteed to work with the bulldozer are the revised AM3+ black socket motherboards. I have an AM3 (non black socket) Rev1 790XT UD4P and am waiting to see if a BIOS revision will allow me to run it in my board, but I have seen nothing confirming that will be possible yet.
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post #10 of 47
I know MSI has said they would support it on most of their 800 series boards.

They've released 2 bios updates that say they add support for bulldozer for my board.

As for Gigabyte, I don't believe they've promised support.
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