AMD Bulldozer: Chipset 9 Series Info

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AMD fans have been eagerly awaiting for the Bulldozer-based CPU(s) to become available. Last week there were rumoured to be some minor changes in their release schedule, although AMD denied this. Today, however, we have some more juicy details on the series 9 chipset from our friends over at Nordic Hardware and Donanim Haber.

We’re told there will be three chipsets in the 9 series, all of which use the Bulldozer architecture: 970, 990X and 990FX. Not only will these leverage AMD’s new 32nm technology for the CPU(s), they will also require a socket AM3+ on the system board. As per usual, the FX suffix denotes the chipset with the best feature set.

Image Courtesy: DonanimHaber.com

Image Courtesy: DonanimHaber.com

So, what goodies do you get with this chipset? Everything except the kitchen sink! SATA 6 Gb/s (with SSD TRIM support), USB 3.0, RAID 0/1/5/10 (RAID 5 only with SB950) and IOMMU (better virtualization and memory I/O performance).

Image Courtesy: DonanimHaber.com

Image Courtesy: DonanimHaber.com

There are a few items to note:  “no compromise peripheral” for USB 3.0 is touted, possibly due to the use of PCIe 2.0 within the chipset. As more devices take advantage of USB 3.0, this feature will be very welcome. Lastly, the 990FX chipset is the only one touting two full x16 PCIe lanes, which is good to know if you plan on using Crossfire. There will be more to come as we get closer to the reported launch date of Q2 2011.

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  1. It's sometimes nice to know that your speculations were along the right lines :)
    I'm glad AMD are integrating USB3 into the 9-series, and kind of disappointed to see it omitted from the P67/H67 chipsets for Sandy Bridge.
    David
    It's sometimes nice to know that your speculations were along the right lines :)
    I'm glad AMD are integrating USB3 into the 9-series, and kind of disappointed to see it omitted from the P67/H67 chipsets for Sandy Bridge.

    Yeah honestly that was one of the biggest things Intel did that made 0 sense. . . all well :rolleyes:
    screw the video card i was going to buy,im saving up building a new rig bulldozer cpu and my other mobo gonna be running 8gb of ddr2 and much more....income tax just came in too woot`
    David
    It's sometimes nice to know that your speculations were along the right lines :)
    I'm glad AMD are integrating USB3 into the 9-series, and kind of disappointed to see it omitted from the P67/H67 chipsets for Sandy Bridge.

    Can you say Amd 1, intel 20? Woot woot! First point of many to come! :sn:
    ChanceCoats123
    It's planned for a release in the second quarter of 2011. Who knows when it will actually come out though. :-/

    unoffical channels have it coming in April.