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Could Support For Piledriver Core FX CPU's Be Added To A BIOS That Supports Bulldozer?

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Hi i have the MoBo in my sig. It has BETA support for the FX processors upto the 8150 BUT i doubt ASUS are going to add support for the PD core (got to sell those 990xx boards:rolleyes:). So being as the PD core is just a "polish up" and it uses basically the same arch would it be possible to somehow add the PD support into the existing BIOS? I would love to get an FX CPU down the line sometime BUT don't think it's worth a new MoBo to do it.

Lets say i flashed the latest BETA (3030) for FX support and just popped a PD CPU into it what is likely to be the outcome? No post? fire and explosions:D!! Or just an UnknownCPU. If unknown would it still function correctly (if i inputted the correct VCore etc). Any help would be great as i don't know jack about BIOS mods etc.

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Won't really know until someone tries it. Fire and explosions will definitely not happen.
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LMAO! didn't think she would blow really but asked just in case. Would be great if someone could try this i would but i don't have any sort of skills in BIOS modding. I would think it has a good chance of working because the 890xx AMD chipsets are from what i can find out the same as the 990xx chipsets that should get support for Piledriver. And with the 30xx BIOS's for my MoBo offering support for BD it would be worth a blast.

Any idea what it would entail OR where the best place to ask/find out about this sort of thing?

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Well im guessing it will work on the Bulldozer Bios Update as it is unlikely that manufactures are going to bring a new bios out on the day of release.
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post #5 of 20
The CPU should function in your mobo, but no it will be unstable and crash a lot. Your motherboard ism dated, and as you said $$$$$.
post #6 of 20
I am hoping the same thing here - same motherboard (ASUS M4A89GTD pro) and would love to throw a Piledriver in there to replace my PII 955...

Are we looking at something that will work, and be unstable? Or work? Or won't work? Anyone put a bulldozer in their 8xx motherboard and could share experiences?
post #7 of 20
If there was rom space and it was an older non uefi style then a agesa swap should be possible, however I have no clue where the agesa code is in uefi bios's and that is one hell of a mess post unpack to dig through.

There's a chance there may be some brave people with non uefi boards that did do BD that may do the swap as it wasn't as nightmareish on those, just to see if it works properly.
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Yeah i would be great to drop a PD in. Don't know a thing about BIOS modding or anything like that:o. I think the MoBo would run it hardware wise (140w CPU support and will do 2600HT) just don't think ASUS will do it because they have nice new 990xx MoBo's to sell. Not sure if an UEFI BIOS is needed (never used one!) but i would think going from Bulldozer support to Piledriver wouldn't be hard as they i'm sure to the MoBo are near the same (same 125W power demands same 8 cores same cache even!).

I asked Raja on XS whether PD will be supported AND what would happen if i flashed to the 30xx BD BIOS and dropped one in and hit the GO! button:D. Would be happy with "UnknownCPU" as long as it booted and all functions were available (even if i had to set them manually in the BIOS).

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Raja said: "I don't think this will happen. AMD need to provide us with AGESA code for this chipset and it's not on the agenda as far as I am aware". So not looking like it will be shame really if AMD allowed this im sure people with good 8 Series MoBo's would be happy to drop a PD in them. But like me don't feel it is worth a new MoBo for the extra performance. Have to feel they are missing an opportunity for sales imho. Hardware wise i think it would be possible just not being "allowed"

May snap up a cheap 8120 when they drop shame really:o:rolleyes:. I will ask AMD about it.

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Well, if it's easy enough for ASUS - they would be gaining some customers for life if they showed this kind of support. AMD would also be getting a buy from me. I bought this motherboard when my last AM2 board died (Gigabyte) and I read it was Bulldozer ready (with Bios update). With the fail that Bulldozer was, at no fault of ASUS mind you, I was hoping for some piledriver support.

If I have to upgrade both the motherboard and CPU now - it's unfortunately going to be an Intel
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