Tuesday, April 26th 2011

ASRock Uses ''Real'' AM3+ Sockets, Lists Out Advantages Over AM3

ASRock launched a new marketing campaign for its AMD platform motherboards, claiming to be the first manufacturer to be out with motherboards that use real AM3+ sockets. AM3+ is the FCPGA socket that has been designed for upcoming AMD FX series "Zambezi" processors based on the "Bulldozer" architecture. As a part of its campaign, ASRock highlighted the benefits of opting for its AM3+ motherboards. In the process, it ended up disclosing quite some technical information about AM3+, and why AMD designed it in the first place, when apparently AM3 can run Zambezi with a BIOS update.

To begin with, ASRock started with the socket itself, showing that AM3+ sockets can be identified by "AM3b" written on the socket, and have wider pin-holes (0.51 mm vs. 0.45 mm of AM3). It is possible that future (retail?) versions of the CPU, if not the engineering samples doing rounds, could use packages with thicker pins that are incompatible with AM3. The thicker pins add durability, and are designed for a different set of electrical specifications.

As part of those different set of electrical specifications, AM3+ processors are designed to talk to voltage controllers over a different VID, that's 3.4 MHz VID, while AM3 socket can only handle 400 KHz VID. Even if AM3+ chips run on AM3, they might probably lack some power management features, because AM3 boards' controllers might not support them. AM3+ will also feature a more advanced load-line design that lets controllers monitor electrical loads of the CPU and keep voltages within a stable range, minimizing vDroop (lowering of vCore with higher than normal load (when overclocked, loaded), messes up OC stability). AMD's new load-line design increases efficiency by up to 11.8%.
AMD's new electrical specification, coupled with ASRock's implementation are claimed to reduce CPU power electrical noise by up to 22%. This has a direct impact on energy efficiency. Also, there's a reason those pins are thicker: the package is designed to handle 32% higher current than AM3, the AM3+ is designed to handle 145A, while AM3 was designed for 110A.



Lastly, with AM3+, AMD changed the CCR (Combo Cooler Retention Module), that plastic frame around the socket to hold the cooler, to be a two part kit, instead of the single-piece frame since s754. The two-piece CCR design first came to be with s1207, then on to other server sockets, and now makes its entry to the client platform with AM3+. The two-piece design ensures that air blown downwards by top-flow coolers make it to the VRM circuitry, with no plastic bars obstructing it. ASRock listed out specifications of all its AM3+ motherboards. They're based on AMD 8-series chipsets.
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55 Comments on ASRock Uses ''Real'' AM3+ Sockets, Lists Out Advantages Over AM3

#1
Flanker
looks good, but I was expecting 9xx chipsets when I saw the title :o
oh well, hoping to see the new CPU's soon
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#2
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
Interesting point Flanker, if they were 990FX's, I would probably pick one up right now, but the only one listed on Newegg is 890FX sadly :(
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#3
micropage7
at last amd switch their socket after am3.
and it looks promising, so just wait for next
with bigger pins it would minimize err on contact area and other like bend. simple idea
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#7
SeanG
Well if the AM3+ cpus have bigger pins,how are they going to fit in the AM3 boards with a bios update?
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#8
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
by: H82LUZ73
funny i thought this was the first AM3+ board been out for a few weeks .http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3781#ov
Newegg lists that board as only AM3+, I'm assuming they might have changed the label to show it supports AM3+ chips.

by: damric
My board is AM3+ and I've had it for months :laugh:
Same with that board, I only see it as AM3.


by: SeanG
Well if the AM3+ cpus have bigger pins,how are they going to fit in the AM3 boards with a bios update?
They don't have bigger pins.... yet, but possibly in the future, hence that they might not work in AM3 sockets down the road.
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#9
AkumAone
I can`t wait to hear:"My over9000$ PC is better than yours! It has like 0.06mm wider pin-holes and a 3.4 MHz link between CPU and Power Controler! It`s like having a Ferrari, brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!"

PS:
AM3+ Board = Board with AM3+ Socket (it could even have nForce 630a)
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#10
Aleksander
I thought this socket had to do with 9xx chipset series :S
Anyway, from what it says, nice design
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#11
H82LUZ73
You guys are silly it clearly Says AM3+ IS THE BLACK socket only.that means if you looked at the link in my post it will be ver3.1 of the board,If you guys think they will run on AM3 yore sadly mistaken,Look at that first pic of them holes good luck fitting that in there.All the manufactures are doing is replacing the sockets on already out boards and ONLY that version of the model will run Bulldozers.

OK look this is VER3.0 which most of you are running http://www.gigabyte.com/fileupload/product/2/3755/3888.jpg

Now this is ver 3.1 notice any thing ? http://www.gigabyte.com/fileupload/product/2/3781/4016.jpg

by: 1Kurgan1
Newegg lists that board as only AM3+, I'm assuming they might have changed the label to show it supports AM3+ chips.



Same with that board, I only see it as AM3.




They don't have bigger pins.... yet, but possibly in the future, hence that they might not work in AM3 sockets down the road.
Nope it is a black socket ver3.1 board,All of the new ver # models will have that socket.Yes even the cross hair IV will have the black socket plus the updated BIOS and not for the old white one.

by: SeanG
Well if the AM3+ cpus have bigger pins,how are they going to fit in the AM3 boards with a bios update?
another confused person ,AMD is making AM3 fit in AM3+ not the other way.
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#12
Mindweaver
Moderato®™
I just picked up a "ASRock 890GX PRO3 AM3" for my 1055t 2 weeks ago and it has the new socket.
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#13
NC37
If only my last board from ASrock didn't fail. Though it did last awhile before it finally pooped. Which reminds me, I gotta get rid of the AM2 upgrade board that I picked up for it. Never been used, heh...yeah that was money well spent.
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#14
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
by: AkumAone
I can`t wait to hear:"My over9000$ PC is better than yours! It has like 0.06mm wider pin-holes and a 3.4 MHz link between CPU and Power Controler! It`s like having a Ferrari, brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!"

PS:
AM3+ Board = Board with AM3+ Socket (it could even have nForce 630a)
Your first part of your post could be put in any tech review on this forum, whats the point? And the 2nd part is obvious as they are using AM3+ sockets on 890FX boards.

by: H82LUZ73
OK look this is VER3.0 which most of you are running http://www.gigabyte.com/fileupload/product/2/3755/3888.jpg

Now this is ver 3.1 notice any thing ? http://www.gigabyte.com/fileupload/product/2/3781/4016.jpg
Drop the attitude, it's a discussion, add info that people don't know without massive letters and snappy responses. Normally your post is one I would Thank, but just can't bring myself to do it.

Now then, makes sense that they would do that, but my point still stands. It's cool to be able to link products off company's websites, but I can't find a single new version of that mobo on any retail site. Thats why I usually take all this with a grain of salt, I'll read about new videocards coming out today, and they won't be availible for purchase anywhere for another 2 weeks. While AsRock actually has their AM3+ board available right now.
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#15
Imsochobo
by: 1Kurgan1
Your first part of your post could be put in any tech review on this forum, whats the point? And the 2nd part is obvious as they are using AM3+ sockets on 890FX boards.



Drop the attitude, it's a discussion, add info that people don't know without massive letters and snappy responses. Normally your post is one I would Thank, but just can't bring myself to do it.

Now then, makes sense that they would do that, but my point still stands. It's cool to be able to link products off company's websites, but I can't find a single new version of that mobo on any retail site. Thats why I usually take all this with a grain of salt, I'll read about new videocards coming out today, and they won't be availible for purchase anywhere for another 2 weeks. While AsRock actually has their AM3+ board available right now.
Not everyone is smart, and therefore attitude is needed, I know it cause I explain obvious things that apparently isnt obvious to people.
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#16
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
by: Imsochobo
Not everyone is smart, and therefore attitude is needed, I know it cause I explain obvious things that apparently isnt obvious to people.
:rolleyes: Your not the one I was responding too, but this is a tech forum, a lot here try and keep up on current hardware, but unless people are planning an upgrade, they don't really read about hardware that isn't on the market yet. I personally want to move to a 990FX, but theres been news leaked on it for the last year, I just can't find a good reason to keep reading that stuff for so long, I usually start doing my research about a month before the products hit the shelves and decide if I really want it. Like the 890FX, I wanted to get a Crosshair IV badly, but when I was able to get 3.9ghz out of my 1055t, I couldn't really justify it.
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#17
jalex3
Dont like the layout as much as the p67 boards

[IMG]http://www.asrock.com/mb/photo/Angle/890FX%20Deluxe5(m).jpg[/IMG]

If this is the final am3+ board layout, im not happy. notice that 2 of the sata3 are in a stupid place? :banghead: Yuck

I was hoping they would keep it more like this.

[IMG]http://www.asrock.com/mb/photo/Angle/P67%20Extreme6(m).jpg[/IMG]
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#18
_JP_
by: AkumAone
I can`t wait to hear:"My over9000$ PC is better than yours! It has like 0.06mm wider pin-holes and a 3.4 MHz link between CPU and Power Controler! It`s like having a Ferrari, brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!"
It's more like a Koenigsegg CCX. :slap: And it goes "VRRROOOOOOMMMMM!!". :slap:
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#20
tigger
I'm the only one
That xtreme6 is a very nice board, looked it up on asrocks site.
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#21
TheLaughingMan
by: jalex3
Dont like the layout as much as the p67 boards

http://www.asrock.com/mb/photo/Angle/890FX%20Deluxe5(m).jpg

If this is the final am3+ board layout, im not happy. notice that 2 of the sata3 are in a stupid place? :banghead: Yuck

I was hoping they would keep it more like this.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/photo/Angle/P67%20Extreme6(m).jpg
It is because they had to squeeze the PATA port on there for some reason. Ignore them, its not like they are going to attack you.

They may actually be kinda handy if you buy or own a eSATA expansion slot plate for the back of your computer. Then the cord doesn't have to go very far to reach a SATA header.
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#22
tigger
I'm the only one
I do like the new am3+ mount, its much better than the frame imo.
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#23
craigo
were other manufacturers using counterfeit AM3+ sockets?
are other mainboard manufacturers going to release boards with replica AM3+ sockets crafted from cheese?
it just seems like rather ludicrous headline that's all i mean surely all AM3+ boards will ship with "real" AM3+ sockets
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#24
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: H82LUZ73
funny i thought this was the first AM3+ board been out for a few weeks .http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3781#ov
Because that board still uses the old, single piece, retention system for the heatsink, it isn't technically AM3+, it is a hybrid AM3/AM3+ design. That is ASRock's point, the retension system has been changed to improve airflow around the VRM area to help with the extra current the AM3+ processor will be pulling.

Their board is the first to adhere completely to the AM3+ spec exactly as it is layed out by AMD.
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#25
craigo
Should the title read
"ASRock Uses ''Real'' AM3+ Socket heatsink retention mechanism, Lists Out Advantages Over AM3"
:)
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