Wednesday, November 12th 2008

ASUS Lists AM3 CPU-supportive AM2 and AM2+ Motherboards

ASUS has published a partial list of motherboards that support the upcoming AM3 socket processors.

Featured in the lists are most motherboards based on the AMD 7-series chipsets, along with those based on GeForce 8 and 7-series chipsets by NVIDIA.

Press release follows:

ASUS, worldwide leader of motherboard production, has once again kept up with leading trends and technologies with the announcement to release a wide range of high-performance motherboards that will take advantage of the most high-end and upcoming AMD AM3 CPUs. This new generation of AMD CPUs will encompass the 45nm infrastructure; and will be equipped with C1E halt states for advanced power savings. The most distinguishing feature of the AM3 CPUs is the fact that they will support DDR3 RAM. In order to meet user demands for top-of-the-line CPUs that deliver advanced performance, the ASUS M3/M2 Series motherboards will offer the most completed product lines to fully support the upcoming AM3 CPUs.

AM3 CPU Ready Motherboards
The list below shows the ASUS motherboards that are currently AM3 CPU-ready. For users who have already purchased the M3 or M2 Series motherboards, a simple BIOS update is all that is needed to support future AM3 CPUs. The following list will be continuously updated and more AM3 CPU-ready ASUS motherboards are expected to be announced soon.Source: ASUS
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52 Comments on ASUS Lists AM3 CPU-supportive AM2 and AM2+ Motherboards

#1
kenkickr
That's great, not! I don't see M3A32-MVP on there.
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#2
WhiteLotus
Might come later with a BIOS upgrade - never know!
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#3
kid41212003
So, M2N32 and all the high-end AM2 mobo are not supported.
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#4
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: kenkickr
That's great, not! I don't see M3A32-MVP on there.
Heh...you notice what those AMD 7-series boards have in common...they were new SKUs ASUS rolled out, brandishing "140W CPU" support. They're sandbagging a bit too much for their own good, lately. Now that my M3A32-MVP isn't in that list, ASUS is out of my list.
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#5
kenkickr
They were out of my list when I had to RMA my board for the 2nd time. Once I get mine back I'm selling the POS.
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#6
Steevo
I agree, if the M3A32 is not supporting new chips this will be the last Asus I will have. Total BS to throw out a board and then drop it after you made the sale.
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#7
ASharp
Looks like the M3A79-T Deluxe is on there. Good news for me. :) Now let's see how well these new processors perform. Where are you Deneb???!

Also, it would be really stupid of ASUS not to support the M3A32. It's the same board as the M3A79-T...just different southbridge. How hard would it be to program a BIOS for it?
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#8
servermonkey
by: ASharp
Looks like the M3A79-T Deluxe is on there. Good news for me. :) Now let's see how well these new processors perform. Where are you Deneb???!
meeee toooooo!!

yippie
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#9
chaotic_uk
by: btarunr
Heh...you notice what those AMD 7-series boards have in common...they were new SKUs ASUS rolled out, brandishing "140W CPU" support.
gigabyte have done the same with my mobo , the GA-MA770-DS3 rev2 now has support for the 140w cpus but no mention of am3 support yet . rev1 does not support them :(
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#10
ShadowFold
Looks like the M3A79-T and a mid end AM3 x4.. Unless they get a cheap 870/880 chipsets out. Anyone know if they are making 800 series chipsets soon? Those are gonna be DDR3 right?
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#11
WhiteLotus
Looks like i may be going to AM3 then, some research i think will be required!
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#12
mdm-adph
Now, let's just see MSI come out with the same kinda list. :D
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#13
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Pshaw not supporting the M3a32MVP Deluxe WiFi. I have one I havent messed with yet. Id like to see one from Gigabyte though.

Hijacking the thread here, how good is the new M3a79-T mobo?
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#14
lucasweir
yea i hope they come out with a 800 series soon and the AM3 soon cuz i wanna upgrade to that if not soon then intel quad here i come :)
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#15
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
AMD confirms that AM3 processors are still backward-compatible with AM2/AM2+ sockets. They natively support DDR2.
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#16
Valdez
I hope m2n-e will be on the list very soon :)
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#17
VulkanBros
Yeah....thats nice...I was originally ordering the M3A32MVP Deluxe WiFi but it was sold out -
so I got the M3A79-T Deluxe board instead....maybe there is a god afterall..:twitch:
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#18
kysg
by: btarunr
AMD confirms that AM3 processors are still backward-compatible with AM2/AM2+ sockets. They natively support DDR2.
Good news then, Because heck I don't plan to go to another mobo till DFI releases another matx, but still the gains would be minimal, only benefit is full 16x crossfire. and DDR3. and since DFI is usually slower when it comes to matx I might not see an upgrade for the mobo for a long time.
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#19
aj28
by: btarunr
Heh...you notice what those AMD 7-series boards have in common...they were new SKUs ASUS rolled out, brandishing "140W CPU" support. They're sandbagging a bit too much for their own good, lately. Now that my M3A32-MVP isn't in that list, ASUS is out of my list.
They also have SB700/SB750 in common... I admit I'm not real well-read on the topic of AM3 compatibility, but it would make sense that something like the southbridge would play into the equation. After all, SB600 was 690V/690G generation hardware...
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#20
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: aj28
They also have SB700/SB750 in common... I admit I'm not real well-read on the topic of AM3 compatibility, but it would make sense that something like the southbridge would play into the equation. After all, SB600 was 690V/690G generation hardware...
Apparently that isn't the case with those NVIDIA chipsets, right? The only thing SB600 and SB700 have different is the SATA port count (and that they use A-Link 2.0 (PCI-E 2.0 x4 connection with the NB)), while SB750 is the one that features ACC (Advanced Clock Caliberation). So SB700 is more similar to SB600 than to SB750. The GeForce 7/8 motherboards don't sport ACC, so chipset/southbridge isn't the issue there. A southbridge can never impact on CPU support.
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#22
Mussels
Moderprator
all you people complaining about lack of AM3 support on your boards: you do realise that has nothing to do with asus, and all about the boards you chose? if you want an AM3 supporting board, WAIT til its known. its your own fault for buying unsupported boards.
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#23
kysg
I wouldn't say complaining, I think some people are just slightly concerned but then again, most people will just move to an AM3 board anyways, depending on how good the 8 series is. I hope 8 series isn't just another die shrink, Me personally I know I am skipping it because there will be no gain at all except for DDR3 and full 16x crossfire at pci 2.0. and possible 3.0 I dunno if there going to have that or not. I know it ends up deeper than that but for the matx dept its really a slow area before anything good happens there.
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#24
Mussels
Moderprator
by: kysg
I wouldn't say complaining, I think some people are just slightly concerned
they're threatening to never buy asus again, just because their board wont do AM3. i wouldnt call that 'concerned' - its not like the box ever said it was AM3 capable.
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#25
kid41212003
AMD stated in their documents, that AM3 cpu will run on AM2+ mainboards.
People expect all the AM2+ mobo will support it. It's AMD's fault in my point of view.
Oh well, I'm not really expect my mobo would run AMD3 cpu (AM2 socket), because I'm going Intel soon anyway.
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