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AM3 or AM3+ Board?

post #1 of 12
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Hey all,

just wondering if anoyne can give me a bit of advice.

I've done my research and realized that AM3+ is so much more viable in the future, but I cant help but right now its not exactly the best thing to get into.

From what I've read, the new FX-series CPUs were a dud, and I dont know if I should commit to a board that supports AM3+ if I'm planning to get just a Phenom 955 x4.

My current situation sis that Im torn between a 120$ board that supports AM3+ and a 100$ board that supports AM3 only.

AM3+ : http://ncix.com/products/?sku=63715&...nufacture=ASUS

AM3 : http://ncix.com/products/?sku=61191&...cture=Gigabyte

Which one? ):
post #2 of 12
am3+
post #3 of 12
because it has the 990 series chipset
post #4 of 12
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am3+
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because it has the 990 series chipset
You know we have this button for a reason:

The AM3+ boards have a load more features than 700 or 800 series boards. Makes no sense buying them now.
post #5 of 12
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so AM3+? yea?
post #6 of 12
AM3+, you have lots of upgrading facilities.
    
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post #7 of 12
Yea go with the am3+
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Thanks
post #9 of 12
The 990FX chipset is essentially a rebranded 890 series chipset with a few performance tweaks. Aside from marginally better USB and SATA performance there is no real difference from the 890 series chipset.

AM3+ boards do as you know support BD processors. Zambezi (current BD chips) was a bit of a flunk, however BD-E is due out next year and is meant to be adressing current issues with BD chips and will work in AM3+ motherboards. That's an option I'd want to leave myself open to if I was buying a new motherboard.

My vote goes to getting an AM3+ board because of an upgrade path still being viable.
post #10 of 12
just based on past experience (in which i have seamlessly upgraded from am2 to am2+ to am3), i would say go wih the am3+. it is nice being able to simply drop a new chip into your current mobo for a nice peformance boost, and then upgrading the mobo/ram when possible to get the full effect of the proc. then you can just rinse/repeat
    
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