AMD has launched their all new 990FX+SB950 chipset. The most important feature of this new chipset is that it supports their new AM3+ processors. AMD has been kind enough though to allow us to continue to use our older AM3 processor s with these new boards. That translates into a great value for AMD customers. This chipset will also incorporate their new Hyper Transport 3.1 architecture. This will increase the theoretical bandwidth of your new AM3+ processors to 6.4 GT/s. This bandwidth increase should help AMD compete a little better against Intel.
This new chipset will also enable support 32 gigs of DDR3 memory. With this memory increase AMD will now be able to offer the same memory support as Intel’s Sandy Bridge platform. Being able to install and use larger amounts of memory has become increasing important as applications have become more memory intensive. This increase will give AMD fans the one of the upgrade options that they’ve been waiting for.
AMD fans have been boxed in for quite some time with having to use AMD’s cards if they wanted to go with a multi-GPU configuration. The only other option was go with a board that had an NVIDIA chipset. This is no longer the case. With the new 990FX we will now have full SLI support for running multiple NVIDIA graphics cards. Of course you will also be able to AMD’s cards in Crossfire X mode as well. This will give AMD fans the same options that many Intel vendors have been offering with their boards for quite some time. I know this isn’t going to mean very much for those that have always preferred to use AMD’s CPUs in conjunction with their graphics cards. For those that have been fans of SLI since the beginning you may recall that AMD offered SLI support before Intel did. So this will give those diehard AMD/SLI fans a reason to rejoice.