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MSI Offers BIOS Upgrades To Support AMD AM3+ Multi-core Processors

MSI Offers BIOS Upgrades To Support AMD AM3+ Multi-core Processors

MSI announced its AMD AM3 motherboards as well as BIOS upgrades for MSI’s AM3 motherboards to enable support for AMD’s new generation AM3+ multi-core processors. Through the BIOS upgrades, MSI says users will be able to take full advantage of the power of AMD AM3+ multi-core processors without extra expenses. In addition to providing the BIOS upgrades to consumers, MSI will upgrade the BIOS on new AM3 motherboards before shipping. A list of the MSI AM3 motherboards that will support the AMD AM3+ multi-core processors is below.

Note: As we've pointed out previously, the official word from AMD is that Bulldozer will only be supported on AM3+ motherboards. As a result, it may not be the best idea to count on AM3+ CPU support if you have an AM3 motherboard.

Full compatibility with AMD AM3+ multi-core processors MSI AM3 mainboards allow absolute painless upgrade

[Taipei, Taiwan] Internationally renowned mainboard and graphics card manufacturer MSI officially announced its AMD AM3 mainboards and the corresponding BIOS versions with full compatibility with all AMD AM3+ multi-core processors. By upgrading the BIOS with a few simple steps, users can enjoy the powerful performance of AMD AM3+ multi-core processors without extra expenses. The brand new AMD AM3+ multi-core processors have more cores and larger L3 cache memory capacity. Also, the built-in 2nd generation Turbo Core technology also boosts the performance of the new AMD AM3+ multi-core processors. Along with the latest 32nm process which significantly enhances the electrical specifications, AMD AM3+ multi-core processors will absolutely be the next-generation indicator of performance.

In addition to upgrading all BIOS on the existing AM3 mainboards supporting AMD AM3+ multi-core processors before shipping to correspond to the upcoming AMD AM3+ processors, MSI will post the BIOS of corresponding mainboards with support for the new AMD AM3+ processors for consumers to upgrade their MSI AM3 mainboards in order to meet their demands for system upgrade and experiencing the powerful performance of the next-generation AMD processors.

MSI AM3 mainboards with support for AMD AM3+ multi-core processors and corresponding BIOS versions:

Mainboard Model

Chipset

Corresponding BIOS version

890FXA-GD70

AMD 890FX

A7640AMS.190

890FXA-GD65

AMD 890FX

A7640AMS.I20

890GXM-G65

AMD 890GX

A7642AMS.1A0

880GMA-E55

AMD 880G

coming soon

880GMA-E45

AMD 880G

coming soon

880GMA-E35

AMD 880G

coming soon

880GMS-E35

AMD 880G

coming soon

870A-G54

AMD 870

coming soon

870S-G54

AMD 870

coming soon

870A-G46

AMD 870

coming soon

870S-G46

AMD 870

coming soon

870-C45

AMD 770

coming soon

760GM-E51

AMD 760G

coming soon

760GM-P33

AMD 760G

coming soon

This model list will be updated continuously

For the latest information, please visit here: MSI AM3+ CPU Support

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I have to check this out for Sarah's system. Hopefully they have an AM3+ update for it which I will check out later today. I will update you if it works it should her system has a MSI 790FX-GD70 which was kind of the flag ship on there 790FX chipset so it should.

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"Though the BIOS upgrades"

"MSI will be upgrade the BIOS"

Hello Friday slacking? xD

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There's a reason why AMD is sticking to the "We only support AM3+ motherboards for Bulldozer" schtick. Just keep it in mind.

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Schmich - you caught me! Thanks for calling the typos to my attention. They are fixed now.

Also, I've added a note to clarify things. As Joel pointed out, AMD only supports AM3+ motherboards for Bulldozer.

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Jennifer J:
AMD only supports AM3+ motherboards for Bulldozer

Is there a good reason to buy a bulldozer CPU and use an existing older chipset with it? (besides saving a few bucks) Doesn't bulldozer have it's own chipset that it's designed to be paired with?

I'm all for being able to upgrade what you already have on hand, but I wonder how much of a difference the new chipset will mean to performance. I'm interested in Bulldozer, but I'll most likely wait for a while after it's release to buy into it.

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Yeah realneil I agree, I am looking forward to it, but I also know it will get refined. One thing specifically about it is it is an entirely new CPU with a new feature set. So I know it will be refined shortly after it's release both from the chip driver and the various chipset drivers as well. So waiting for a bit is smart on a whole new layout!

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rapid1:
it is an entirely new CPU with a new feature set.

Yeah, it's all new stuff, yet they're making it work with today's chipsets by putting the AM3+ socket on existing designs. But what I want is a shiny new Bulldozer CPU nestled into a socket AM4 board with all of any planned platform improvements already on it when I build it. If it means that I have to wait a while, then so be it.

I'm not hurting for technology anyways,..........

Of course,........there is the possibility that the newer chipsets will not be groundbreaking, earth shattering, marvels of technology, and that today's chipsets will be a perfect match for this CPU,..........Smile

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realneil does have a point, who's to say that Bulldozer won't work with today's chipsets?

I still have the usual fears about incompatibility but I think the other people here described what I was going to say well.

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TaylorKarras:
who's to say that Bulldozer won't work with today's chipsets?

If they're already modding the sockets on existing platform Mainboards to accommodate the one extra pin that Bulldozer has on it, then it's safe to say that it will work on them. They've probably already tested and approved them for sale, and we'll see them in channel as soon as Bulldozer is released. AM3+ boards are many faceted buggers that work with a whole lot of different CPU's. That's a very big plus for AMD as I see it.

But,.....as I said before, I'll wait for the AM4 boards to emerge, and go through a trial and error process by Johnny Q. Public before I buy into Bulldozer.

Also, a lot depends on the price point of this platform as to whether I buy it or not.

TaylorKarras:
I still have the usual fears about incompatibility

And that's another good reason to wait for others to bleed through any problems with it first.

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Oh I get what your saying realneil and I am not saying otherwise. This is just an updated BIOS. I checked right after typing that earlier today and there was a BIOS update ready for me. I do not know the BIOS title for this one, but I did check the auto updater not a month back and there was nothing there. So I am thinking it probably is! Either way it installed and rebooted quite readily so it was a good new BIOS either way. There were also new network and sound drivers for the board (two network, and 1 sound) along with the BIOS, but no system driver which fits as all would be internal board drivers, but not chip driver updates as I would get those if I installed a new chip.

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