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Windows 7: First AMD AM3+ Bulldozer Motherboards Get Listed in Europe ( ... )

25 Mar 2011   #11
DarkXeno

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Now this gives me something new to think about. I have been planning on building a new machine was going to go with a MSI 870A-G54 and a Phenom X6, but with these starting to pop up, I might just hold of another month or two and get a AM3+ board with the same chip so down the road I can swap out and get the added features of the Bulldozer cores.



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25 Mar 2011   #12
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Stormy, Yesterday the Newegg link only said picture coming soon.
What do you know about the new chips. I've not been able to find any real info. I did find one link that talked about an AMD taped demo of tests vs. the i7, but the reviewer said it was only 3 (I think) tests which were the type tests that were weighted to favor the AMD chips because the tests were ones that favored the most cores. Other than that I haven't been able to find very much info except graphics that show the arcitecture of the chips. Do you have any info of the performance? I was going to build a SandyBridge system but wanted to see what the new Bulldozer chips were like.
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26 Mar 2011   #13
1foxracing

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post

EDIT: after rereading Stormy13's post he made the distinction of black AM3+ and white AM3.
Duh Anyway I ordered 1 and hopefully it shows up with the black socket. Looks like I'll have to order a new copy of 7 Pro as well, my original install is the OEM version.
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26 Mar 2011   #14
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Good luck with it. Keep us posted. Windows 7 Pro builders Pack is on sale this weekend, 129.99 with promo code EMCYTZT371. Not a big discount but every little bit counts. Keep us posted about your results.

eblast deals
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26 Mar 2011   #15
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Another article I was not aware of. Asus says the AMD Zambezi CPUs can run on some of their current AM3 Motherboards with a simple bios update. ASUS First to Provide AM3+ CPU Ready Solution for
Current AM3 and Future AM3+ Motherboards
I wonder how they do that as the AM3+ has an extra pin that is blocked on the AM3 socket. I know they are using the same chip sets but how do you phisically install the extra pin in a blocked hole. I also wonder what the extra pin is used for.

Jim
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26 Mar 2011   #16
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Phone Man, that was my question also. I don't remember where, but I read that some AM3 boards can run the Bulldozer chip, but with limited functionality. It didn't say what that 'limited functionality' was though.
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26 Mar 2011   #17
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Phone Man, that was my question also. I don't remember where, but I read that some AM3 boards can run the Bulldozer chip, but with limited functionality. It didn't say what that 'limited functionality' was though.
I did find that link you posted in post#2 at the ASUS site but it was't clear how they do it. I am waiting for a new chip set that has stuff like full 6bps SATA, USB3.0 on chip support and especially PCIe-3.0. If I was upgrading now I would go with the AMD3+ socket and use my Phenom II x4 untill the Buldozer is released, but for now I will wait to see how things work out.

Jim
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26 Mar 2011   #18
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

I've been waiting to see some 'real world' performance tests on Bulldozer. I have been wanting to build a new rig but would like to see how it compares to SandyBridge. I haven't been able to find any info yet other than what AMD has put out. But, sorry to say, I'm not a very trusting soul. I've been had before.
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26 Mar 2011   #19
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

I found the answer. According to the following article the new Bulldozer CPU's do not have the extra pin so it will fit in the AM3 socket. I think the AM3+ require higher electrical specs so that is why only certain chipsets will be able to run with the Bulldozer.

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Jim
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29 Mar 2011   #20
Rhammstein

HP Win7 Pro x64 | Custom Win7 Pro x64
 
 

I'm hoping to build right away, when the 8000 series Zambezi ships, if so I'll post all about it. This will be my first true enthusiast build, since in the past I've usually waited an extra cycle to save money. My HP rig will probably go for sale soon after for pretty cheap, I may post here if no friends/family take it.
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