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GIGABYTE today announced a new line of 16 “Black Socket†motherboards previously unveiled at CeBIT 2011 that offer support for AMD’s next generation , 32nm AM3+ CPUs and are based on current generation AMD 800/700 series chipset-based motherboards.

Wanting to ensure users their motherboard is able to take advantage of all the performance enhancements that AMD’s upcoming AM3+ CPUs have to offer, GIGABYTE has equipped their entire line of AM3+ CPU ready motherboards with a new black colored socket, making it easy to spot for AM3+ support
List of upcoming AM3+ ready motherboards from Gigabyte
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GIGABYTE AM3+ “Black Socket†Series

Motherboard

Chipset

890FXA-UD5 (Rev 3.1)

890FX+SB850

890GPA-UD3H (Rev 3.1)

890GX+SB850

880GA-UD3H (Rev 3.1)

880G+SB850

880GM-USB3 (Rev 3.1)

880G+SB710

880GM-USB3L (Rev 3.1)

~Coming Soon

870A-UD3 (Rev 3.1)

870+SB850

870A-USB3 (Rev 3.1)

MA770T-UD3 (Rev 3.1)

770+SB710

780T-USB3 (Rev 3.1)

760G+SB710

~Coming Soon

78LMT-S2P (Rev 3.1)

~Coming Soon
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post #2 of 41
Meh, where's the AM4+ with DDR4 SDRAM support?
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Might have to break my board so I can get an rma 3.1 rev
    
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I see 10 on the list.. there will be 16 boards. What completes the list? A 790X board perhaps?
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Where's the BIOS for AM3+ support like nearly other mobo manufacturer has out?
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Where's the BIOS for AM3+ support like nearly other mobo manufacturer has out?
They are revised motherboards as well... but will begin selling soon/now under their previous names. So when Bulldozer releases the updated BIOS will be released.
    
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They are revised motherboards as well... but will begin selling soon/now under their previous names. So when Bulldozer releases the updated BIOS will be released.
So Gigabyte won't release any AM3+ BIOS update to regular AM3 boards (if it ends up being possible) until BD is released, correct?
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So Gigabyte won't release any AM3+ BIOS update to regular AM3 boards (if it ends up being possible) until BD is released, correct?
From what I am reading it is not possible to make currently owned AM3 motherboards work with the AM3+ CPUs coming out soon. That's why there's a new revision of current motherboards with the AM3+ (black) socket installed.

This info about Asus releasing a new BIOS to make AM3 motherboards compatible I believe to be false. I think Asus is misleading their current owners of the boards. I may be wrong but based on how they worded there announcements they are not being 100% clear about this matter. *Edit: They do in fact claim that current owners can use the new generation of CPUs with just a BIOS update. http://event.asus.com/2011/mb/AM3_PLUS_Ready/

The current boards with 700 and 800 series chipsets are capable of running 'Bulldozer' CPUs with a socket upgrade but at reduced abilities. The new boards will have 900 series chipsets which will fully utilize the power of 'Bulldozer' CPUs.

I contacted the maker of my motherboard about AM3+ capability and they told me flat out in an email that AM3 boards will not support AM3+ CPUs. They have to replace the socket for the new CPUs.
Edited by tout - 4/2/11 at 3:20am
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From what I am reading it is not possible to make currently owned AM3 motherboards work with the AM3+ CPUs coming out soon. That's why there's a new revision of current motherboards with the AM3+ (black) socket installed.

This info about Asus releasing a new BIOS to make AM3 motherboards compatible I believe to be false. I think Asus is misleading their current owners of the boards. I may be wrong but based on how they worded there announcements they are not being 100% clear about this matter.

The current boards with 700 and 800 series chipsets are capable of running 'Bulldozer' CPUs with a socket upgrade but at reduced abilities. The new boards will have 900 series chipsets which will fully utilize the power of 'Bulldozer' CPUs.

I contacted the maker of my motherboard about AM3+ capability and they told me flat out in an email that AM3 boards will not support AM3+ CPUs. They have to replace the socket for the new CPUs.
That's your motherboard manufacturer.MSI and Asus have stated they will-they can't elaborate yet because of the NDA they are under from AMD.
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That's your motherboard manufacturer.MSI and Asus have stated they will-they can't elaborate yet because of the NDA they are under from AMD.
True enough but from what I have read the pin configuration is different with the new CPUs so if that's the case then the only way to do it would be a socket converter of some sort. Not a solution I would want.
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