AMD develops a new architecture design in socket AM3+ platform to support the upcoming Zambezi processors. Although this processor is not yet available, most big players in motherboard industry released their own version of socket AM3+. The reason is that, AMD makes it available first the chipset that supports the AM3+.
After being quiet for some time AMD breaks their silence as finally come up with the new Bulldozer processor. Everybody is expecting this spectacular breakthrough from AMD as the answer from intel’s Sandy Bridge processors.
Socket AM3+ is powered by the new 990FX chipset which is almost identical to the previous 890FX with small modification. AMD have a nice idea in releasing the 900 series chipset, consumers can now easily identify those boards that fully supports the latest Zambezi FX series processors in the form of socket AM3+. The 990FX chipset works in tandem with SB950 that serves as the Southbridge chipset that controls the interface.
While waiting for the bulldozer octa-core you can still use your older Phenom II, Athlon II and even the Sempron processor because, the new socket AM3+ motherboard are backward compatible with socket AM3 processors, as they always does. This is the reason why we love the AMD over intel, right? Consumers most often confused over intel’s frequently changing socket whenever they introduced a newer processor while AMD sticks with the same socket that wins most enthusiasts heart.
The most compelling feature for the 990FX is the support for the both SLI and CrossFireX, for sure most gamers will be happy for it. We all know that AMD board previously supports only the CrosfireX and don’t get me wrong on this, there’s no question about its performance but, giving you more option is what makes it more exciting.
AMD’s 990FX and intel’s P67/Z68 is now tied up in terms of SLI/CrossFireX multi GPU support. Now here comes the best part of it when you’re a big fan of multi GPU setup, the 990FX get ahead on it when comes to PCIe bandwidth speed, this gives you a dual 16X/16X while intel’s P67/Z68 is limited to only to 8x/8x in 2-way SLI/CrossFireX configuration.
Another excellent feature from the 990FX chipset is the increase in transfer bandwidth. The previous HyperTransport 3.0 processor runs at only 5.2 GT/s while the new improve version with 3.1 HT has a faster bandwidth of 6.4 GT/s.
A fully backward compatible socket AM3+ motherboard gives you an option for a quick upgrade while using your older Athlon II and Phenom II processor. Various sites are making their own benchmarks and it clearly shows big improvements using only the AM3 processors. This alone is a worthy upgrade and when the octa-core bulldozer has arrived, you’re only a processor swap away for a new powerful beast rig.