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     16 AM3+ motherboards from Gigabyte
      Posted on 05/04/2011 at 09:06 by Marc - source: Gigabyte
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    While ASUS and MSI recently announced the introduction of support for AM3+ CPUs on their current AM3 motherboards simply by updating the bios’, Gigabyte is offering support via the release of new revisions of its current motherboards. Revision 3.1 motherboards thus have a black AM3+ socket as opposed to a white AM3 socket for previous revisions. Revisions of 16 cards are listed:

    - GA-890FXA-UD5 (Rev 3.1) / AMD 890FX+SB850
    - GA-890GPA-UD3H (Rev 3.1) / AMD 890GX+SB850
    - GA-880GA-UD3H (Rev 3.1) /AMD 880G+SB850
    - GA-880GMA-USB3 (Rev 3.1) / AMD 880G+SB850
    - GA-880G-USB3 (Rev 3.1) / AMD 880G+SB710
    - GA-880GM-USB3 (Rev 3.1) / AMD 880G+SB710
    - GA-880GM-USB3L (Rev 3.1) / AMD 880G+SB710
    - GA-870A-UD3 (Rev 3.1) / AMD 870+SB850
    - GA-870-UD3P (Rev 3.1) / AMD 870+SB850
    - GA-870A-USB3 (Rev 3.1) / AMD 870+SB850
    - GA-870A-USB3L (Rev 3.1) / AMD 870+SB850
    - GA-MA770T-UD3P (Rev 3.1) / AMD 770+SB710
    - GA-MA770T-UD3 (Rev 3.1) / AMD 770+SB710
    - GA-770T-D3L (Rev 3.1) / AMD 770+SB710
    - GA-780T-USB3 (Rev 3.1) / AMD 760G+SB710
    - GA-78LMT-S2P (Rev 3.1) / AMD 760G+SB710

    As you can see, Gigabyte seems to like the old AMD chipsets and has taken things back to the 760G, which dates from 2009! As socket AM3+ is backwards compatible AM3, AM3 CPUs are of course supported by these motherboards, in contrast to the CPUs designed for AM3+ which in theory couldn’t be inserted in an AM3 board because of an additional pin. This theory was however upset by the recent ASUS and MSI announcements which indicate that in fact the additional AM3+ pin isn’t used.


    It really is in AMD’s interests to clarify this situation and it’s difficult to see why they aren’t giving answers to what seems a pretty simple question…


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