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Bulldozer WILL be AM3 compatible on boards with BIOS update.  

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There's no stopping it now

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Current owners of an AM3-based board* will make their AMD 8-Series motherboards compatible with the latest AM3+ CPUs with a simple BIOS** update from the official ASUS website.

Edited by xd_1771 - 3/16/11 at 4:09pm
post #2 of 24
RePost mi Amigo, not the source but the news. But damn i happy about it
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Just thought I'd pass it on to the people of the actual AMD forum
This is from the official ASUS site. Which means there's no stopping it. AM3 boards with BIOS update will be AM3+ CPU compatible. Perhaps if it's only a microcode insertion other boards could be modified too.
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
Just thought I'd pass it on to the people of the actual AMD forum
This is from the official ASUS site. Which means there's no stopping it. AM3 boards with BIOS update will be AM3+ CPU compatible. Perhaps if it's only a microcode insertion other boards could be modified too.
Won't the number of pins be an issue?
 
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I think its saying that from now on, these boards will be made to support BD chips. NOT that ones already released will be BD compatible.
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Won't the number of pins be an issue?
Depends how many pins the Bulldozer CPUS have. Am3 socket still has a few unused holes with a am3 processor,
    
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post #9 of 24
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They make "AM3" and "AM3+" sockets, which are different, very clear in the page.
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Current owners of an AM3-based board* will make their AMD 8-Series motherboards compatible with the latest AM3+ CPUs with a simple BIOS** update from the official ASUS website.
Perhaps AM3+ is for a different next-generation CPU? (i.e. Bulldozer R2) or features better HyperTransport

Seems pretty similar to the AM2/AM2+ issue. AM2+ featured split phase power and faster hypertransport... that's about it. still worked with AM2 CPUs.... vice versa. Incompatibility is only cut off with new memory standards.
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Hmm, maybe the first gen BD doesn't have that extra pin and the later ones will?
 
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