If you stuck by AMD's side during the great Intel onslaught of 2010, when Core i7 processors savagely beat their Phenom II rivals, you might be in for a belated treat. Asus has announced that five of its current Socket AM3 motherboards will be able to accommodate AMD's upcoming 32-nm, Bulldozer-based chips after a simple BIOS update.
final five motherboards, which are gearing up for a brave new world of (hopefully) faster AMD processors, are as follows:
Asus has wasted no time: BIOS updates for these boards are already out, it says, albeit in beta form. Since a little birdie tells us that Bulldozer-based desktop processors aren't due to ship until late June, you'd probably be best off waiting for Asus to roll out non-beta BIOSes with Socket AM3+ support.
Naturally, the company will also have fresh AM3+ motherboards ready to greet Bulldozer when it arrives. In the same announcement, Asus teases a family of 10 upcoming mobos, the M5A Series, which will feature out-of-the-box AM3+ support as well as AMD's 880G, 870, and 760G chipsets. (Thanks to TR reader xphaze for the tip.)
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