Yeah I heard that too and it makes sense because it's a completely different architecture than the current chips (from the Athalons all the way to the PII 1090T's) So for them to be able to have backwards compatibility on the Bulldozer socket then they would have to really hinder the max capabilities of bulldozer. Like running a 1090T on a AM2+ board with DDR2 ram instead of a AM3 board with DDR3 Ram.
So EVGA send's a link to a page with a video (cheesy how to video that's meant to be cheesy) on how to do the whole RMA process, and they had a part where they are telling you to make sure that you take off all aftermarket coolers and put the card back to stock before sending it in or they wont honor the RMA. Well in the video at that point they have a EVGA GTX 460 on the table with no stock cooler on it, it has a Cooler Master V10 on it. That gave me a killer Idea. When I get my WC loop (I know that the logical Idea is to put the card in the loop but I'm going to get my GTX 480 water block last since I am doing a piece or 2 at a time and my first priority is to get the CPU on the loop) I might see if that will work lol. The TEC on the V10 is designed to kick in at higher temps so would be perfectly suited for a Fermi card. I'd imagine that the cooler could potentially keep the card nice and chilly for folding anyways since I wont be raising the Memory clocks much if any. Here's a link to the video, go check it out and have a good laugh http://www.evga.com/HowToRMA/
Edited by lawrencendlw - 9/11/10 at 7:12pm
Originally Posted by AvgWhiteGuy
FYI once Bulldozer does hit it'll be using a new socket called AM3+ and won't have backwards capability with AM3. That's the skinny from AMD right now.