Gigabyte announces AM3+ 'Black Socket' motherboards

Written by Antony Leather

April 7, 2011 // 1 p.m.

Tags: #am3 #amd #bulldozer #gigabyte #motherboard #socket-am3 #support

Gigabyte has announced a new line of revised motherboards that support AMD's AM3+ CPUs, which are due to be released later this year.

The motherboards, which will be based on AMD's 800- and 700-series chipsets, sport a black CPU socket to denote support for AMD's new range of CPUs. In addition to the black socket, the new boards, which are all revised versions of existing products, will also feature a 3.1 revision number to help aid identification.

AMD's AM3+ CPUs, which will be based on the Bulldozer architecture, are due for release later this year. As we've previously reported, AMD appears to be claiming that the chips will be able to directly compete with Intel's Sandy Bridge range of CPUs.

Despite issues with motherboard chipsets, Sandy Bridge has quickly become popular with enthusiasts, thanks to the highly overclockable K-series CPUs and the range's low power draw compared to LGA1366 CPUs.

Bulldozer is, as far as we can tell, the first major revision of AMD's desktop CPU architecture for a number of years, which adds to the anticipation that it might finally be able to compete with Intel in the mid-range and high-end - something we haven't seen on a large scale since AMD's Socket 939 chips.

Are you looking forward to AMD's new CPUs? Do you think AMD will finally be able to compete with Intel's top-end chips again? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.
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