The Bulldozer cometh. It's no secret that AMD's first desktop FX-series processors (a.k.a. Bulldozer) are drawing close to release. Not only has AMD been teasing them, but certain major e-tailers have even jumped the gun with product listings, as well.
Today, AMD updated its corporate blog with a little guide to help users get ready for Bulldozer. The information should come as no surprise to savvy enthusiasts, but it's good to know nonetheless.
First, the chipmaker says you're going want a motherboard with a 9-series chipset and an AM3+ socket. Such boards are available now from mobo makers like ASRock, Asus, Biostar, ECS, Gigabyte, Jetway, and MSI. You're also best off grabbing the latest BIOS or UEFI to make sure the board can boot with a Bulldozer chip installed. Updates are available from the ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI websites. (AMD recommends flashing using a current-gen processor, although that might be tricky of you're building a machine from scratch and have no spare parts.)
Oh, and of course, AMD recommends pairing Buldozer with Radeon HD graphics cards—specifically, a Radeon HD 6850 or better. That's more a matter of preference than anything, though. I'm sure FX-series machines won't catch fire when paired with Nvidia graphics.
We're also getting ready for Bulldozer here at TR, and we should have a full suite of benchmarks (along with some value data) ready for the launch... so, stay tuned.