Originally Posted by tersagun
Or maybe some "informer" from AMD secretly told ASUS that new sockets are actually not needed for Bulldozer, which would then result in a huuge disaster on AMD side ;-)
I just want ASUS to tell it more precisely that they are gonna support Bulldozer on old mobos. Gigabyte, MSI claiming "openly" on their new products, that those boards are AM3+ and supporting 32nm CPU's. So if it's not NDA issue, why is ASUS still talking behind the mist?
Or maybe it's as I speculated earlier in the thread, that Gigabyte already had their AM3 board run completed and it was too late for them since they'd already started work on their AM3+ board. Considering they're the 1st to have one out(Newegg.com) seems like my thought on this part rings true.
And it's just possible that timing played a huge part in Asus lucking into the ability to do this. Remember now that it went in this order for USB 3.0: 1)Gigabyte(using adapters) 2)MSi rear I/O 3)Asus Onboard and Rear I/O. Gigabyte enjoys having a head start on the competition so they rushed their production run. MSi typically follows and sometimes takes the lead. While Asus on the other hand puts time into their components trying to give their customer the best bang for the buck... which leads me to suspect it's nothing but dumb luck that put Asus in front. They all got the Engineering Samples from AMD at the same time. Only Asus hadn't put Extreme to bed yet and held it back long enough to put Bulldozer through it's paces and a compatible BIOS as well.
Anyone that was waiting for Extreme can tell you that board was shown before the Formula was even reviewed by the techies. So we were all waiting for that one thinking that it was the entrant board. Myself included. I reeeeeeeaaaaaally wanted that board. But I had the funds for my system, the Extreme was nowhere in sight with no word from anyone when it would be launched so I got Formula. I love Formula but would have loved Extreme more.
Anyway I'm sure you can see how they came by all this now. Once they figured out it would work with the 890FX chipset, and that so many of their boards in the last product run are dependent on that chipset it made sense to include them.
Just chalk it up to pure unadulterated dumb luck. Any of these 3 manufacturers could have been Asus. ASRock IS Asus and they aren't even here yet. You can bank that if they have the same chipsets they're soon to follow.