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Tuesday, 03 May 2011 10:13

Three Bulldozer motherboards leaked

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990- and 970-based
Careless distributors have leaked some info on upcoming AMD Bulldozer boards from MSI, but since we cannot verify the specs, take everything with a grain of salt.

The 990FXA-GD80 is based on the AMD 990FX chipset and SB950 southbridge. It features four DDR3 memory slots, four PCIe 2.0 x16 slots, two PCIe 2.0 slots and a lone PCI slot. It has two USB 3.0 ports, along with six USB 2.0 ports. Internally it offers two more USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports, along with Firewire and six SATA 6Gbps connectors, with support for RADI 0/1/5/10.

In terms of features, the 990FXA-GD65 is quite similar, but it has just two PCIe 2.0 x16 slots, three PCIe 2.0 slots and two PCI slots.

The 970A-G45 is based on the 970 chipset and SB 950. It has two PCIe 2.0 x16 slots, two PCIe 2.0 slots and two PCI slots. Like the 990-series boards, it also packs two internal and two external USB 3.0 ports, along with a total of 12 USB 2.0 ports.

No word on pricing or availability yet, but AMD is expected to introduce Bulldozer CPUs in mid-2011.
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+13 #1 milkod2001 2011-05-03 16:42
as BD comes late I thought mobos for them will support PCIe 3.0 for upcoming AMD and NVIDIA 28nm GPUs to be more future proof. :(
 
 
+3 #2 crackerz 2011-05-03 20:25
"The 990FXA-GD80..It features four DDR3 memory slots, four PCIe 2.0 x16 slots, *two PCIe 2.0 slots* and a lone PCI slot"

"the 990FXA-GD65..two PCIe 2.0 x16 slots, *three PCIe 2.0 slots* and two PCI slots."

So two pcie 2.0 slots for the first and three pcie 2.0 slots for the second but what? x1? x16? x4?
 
 
+1 #3 Iggy Mengele 2011-05-03 21:18
Quoting crackerz:
"The 990FXA-GD80..It features four DDR3 memory slots, four PCIe 2.0 x16 slots, *two PCIe 2.0 slots* and a lone PCI slot"

"the 990FXA-GD65..two PCIe 2.0 x16 slots, *three PCIe 2.0 slots* and two PCI slots."

So two pcie 2.0 slots for the first and three pcie 2.0 slots for the second but what? x1? x16? x4?

Generally, if the term "PCIe" is used it denotes PCIe x1. Graphics slots will be distinguished by slot length (PCIe x16 -at x16/x8/x4 electrical) or as an open-ended slot (PCIe x4)
 
 
+1 #4 nele 2011-05-03 22:14
Quoting Iggy Mengele:
Quoting crackerz:
"The 990FXA-GD80..It features four DDR3 memory slots, four PCIe 2.0 x16 slots, *two PCIe 2.0 slots* and a lone PCI slot"

"the 990FXA-GD65..two PCIe 2.0 x16 slots, *three PCIe 2.0 slots* and two PCI slots."

So two pcie 2.0 slots for the first and three pcie 2.0 slots for the second but what? x1? x16? x4?

Generally, if the term "PCIe" is used it denotes PCIe x1. Graphics slots will be distinguished by slot length (PCIe x16 -at x16/x8/x4 electrical) or as an open-ended slot (PCIe x4)



Yup, x1 and x16

As for PCIe 3.0... It's till too early for that
 
 
+1 #5 The_Countess 2011-05-03 22:48
Quoting milkod2001:
as BD comes late I thought mobos for them will support PCIe 3.0 for upcoming AMD and NVIDIA 28nm GPUs to be more future proof. :(


even at 4x pci-e 2.0 with a modern gpu you only loss a few % of performance.
with 16x slots available there is no real reason to hold off because of pci-e 3.0.
 
 
0 #6 Bl0bb3r 2011-05-04 07:37
The gpu's must also implement the PCIe 3.0 bus, which might come in the next wave of graphics cards or not. Another no real reason to hold off.
 
 
0 #7 crackerz 2011-05-04 08:29
Quoting Iggy Mengele:
Generally, if the term "PCIe" is used it denotes PCIe x1. Graphics slots will be distinguished by slot length (PCIe x16 -at x16/x8/x4 electrical) or as an open-ended slot (PCIe x4)


So when a network adapter uses pcie(as its printed on the box outside) we mean pcie x1 but when a sata controller for example have written pcie on the box it might not be x1 and it might be a pcie x4?(there will use a x16 slot as x4 slot is more rare on mobo's). So excuse me but I don't get the 'generally' of yours

P.S. It not difficult when someone is writing an article to just say, hey its pcie x1, otherwise he could write this mobo has 6 pcie slots & assume that we will search ourselves to find what pcie slots that particular chipset has :P
 

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