MSI today launched their AMD 9-Series chipsets products: the 990FXA-GD80 and 990FXA-GD65 mainboards. Both of these boards are ready for AMD 'Bulldozer' octa-core AM3+ CPUs when they arrive later this year. The AMD 9-series isn't that different from the 8-series that it replaces. In fact, the block diageam from the both series would look the same, so the biggest difference is certainly socket AM3+ and the ability to support upcoming AM3+ packaged processors. Read on to see how the MSI 990FXA-GD80 motherboard compared to an 890FX board from ASRock!
AMD released the 900-series of chipsets this morning at Computex 2011 to show the world that they are preparing for the upcoming released of the AM3+ processors by releasing platforms with the new AM3+ socket. This is an evolutionary change or progression of the socket AM3 infrastructure, which means that this new socket will be backward compatible with existing AM3 processors. This is great news for existing AMD customers as you can upgrade your motherboard today well in advance of the Zambezi processors. So, the most important point of this entire launch is that the AMD 9-series of chipsets fully supports upcoming 8-Core AMD CPU's thanks to the AM3+ socket. The other main feature for AMD 9-series is the ability for motherboard partners to purchase NVIDIA SLI licenses for these boards....
Article Title: MSI 990FXA-GD80 Motherboard Review - AMD 990FX Chipset
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